Recount in the riding of Quebec: not before Friday
The possibility of requesting a recount of ballots in the riding of Quebec will not be effective until Friday. Only then will the Bloc Québécois and its defeated candidate, Christiane Gagnon, decide whether they contest Monday’s result or not.
Outgoing MP and Liberal Party candidate Jean-Yves Duclos won a long, hot fight with Gagnon late Monday night. The federal minister for Family, Children and Social Development won by 215 votes, 18,047 against 17,832.
The Bloc clan, however, heard of some “irregularities” in Monday’s voting process and believes that some people who voted actually did not hold this right.
The Bloc can therefore contest an election, but not before Elections Canada unveiled all election returns at 2 pm on Friday.
From that point on, the parties have 96 hours, or four days, to study the statements and, if necessary, challenge them.
These records include, of course, the actual results, but also the names of the voters who voted, where, when, the cards presented, the scrutineers in office, and so on.
The Bloc will have from Friday afternoon to Tuesday afternoon to make a decision, in light of official information collected.