The 2008 Provincial Election in Quebec

Éric Bélanger


In November of 2008, Quebec Premier Jean Charest decided to call a snap election. His obvious goal was to regain a majority of seats in the National Assembly by taking advantage of the Action Démocratique du Québec’s steady decline in the polls and of the breaking financial crisis. The campaign’s central theme was the management of the upcoming “economic storm.” Based on the overall outcome, it is clear that Charest won his gamble, but this came at the price of an extremely low turnout. Also, it is unclear if the Liberal government will be able to win a fourth consecutive election down the road. The current controversy surrounding the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement’s debacle may well hurt the PLQ in the long term. The Parti Québécois, having regained its place as the official opposition, now appears well positioned to become the alternative to the government next time.

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@Canadian Political Science Review (CPSR). ISSN 1911-4125