Incumbent, Anne Quach, resisted the Liberal wave which has swept the country. Spokesperson for the New Democratic Party in Salaberry-Suroît, the Valleyfield resident won a second mandate Tuesday morning.
The suspense reached a peak in Salaberry-Suroît because of the tight race between Quach and her Liberal rival, Robert Sauvé. The NPD victory was not announced until 1:40 a.m., one of the last to be declared in the entire country.
In the end Quach won 30.5 % of the vote. Earlier in the evening, however, she was trailing behind the former mayor of Coteau-du-Lac. It was not until 12:35 a.m. that the former teacher took the lead and never looked back.
She suffered a major loss of 43.8 % of the votes that she had won four years ago. Her 10.6 % gain on her closest rival was also reduced to 1.3 % this time around.
During her speech, Quach proudly stated that she had run a clean campaign without denigrating her competitors. She also added that her main concerns will be job creation and the environment.
Brought in on the Orange Wave of 2011, Anne Quach was almost swallowed up by another wave four years later. The Liberal Party of Canada not only won a majority, but very nearly retook this constituency. The last time they held this riding was in 2000 and 2004 when the late Serge Marcil was elected.
Former Bloc MP, Claude DeBellefeuille, came in third. Having failed to return to the House of Commons in 2011, this is her second consecutive loss.
On Monday, Liberals replaced incumbent New Democrats in the neighbouring ridings of Châteauguay-Lacolle and Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
Election results in Salaberry-Suroît
Anne Quach, New Democratic Party 18,540 votes, 30.5 %
Robert Sauvé, Liberal Party of Canada 17,764 votes, 29.2 %
Claude DeBellefeuille, Bloc québécois 17,151 votes, 28.2 %
Albert De Martin, Conservative Party of Canada 6,047 votes, 10 %
Nicola-Silverado Socrates, Green Party of Canada, 865 votes, 1.4 %
Sylvain Larocque, Independant, 212 votes, 0.3 %
Patricia Domingos, Force et Démocratie 184 votes, 0.3 %
Voter turnout: 65.85 %
Translated by Cathleen Johnston