So, Conservative candidate Lawrence Cannon was elected Member of Parliament for Pontiac last night, defeating incumbent Liberal David Smith, who finished third.
Final results, according to the CBC web site, are as follows:
- Cannon (Con) 16,067 (33.63%)
- Émond-Lapointe (BQ) 13,790 (28.87%)
- Smith (Lib) 11,539 (24.15%)
- Brault (NDP) 4,759 (9.96%)
- Garahan (Green) 1,512 (3.16%)
- Legros (M-L) 107 (0.22%)
The Conservative results are nearly 12 percentage points higher than their results with Judy Grant in 2004; the NDP are up nearly four points, the Bloc results are more or less even, the Greens are down a point, and the Liberal results are 14 points down from last time.
It’s also interesting to compare these results with last week’s poll: Cannon’s up 7½ points, Émond-Lapointe’s down nearly two, Smith’s up five, Brault’s down four. (Which doesn’t add up — the poll results added up to 88 per cent, which presumably means, and I didn’t notice this before, a full 12 per cent undecided, much but not all of which broke for Cannon.)