Régis Labeaume re-elected to Quebec City Hall

The Labeaume effect still operates in Quebec City. Ten years after his first election, Régis Labeaume won yesterday a fourth term, this time with 55% of the vote. The mayor can count on a strong majority, with under his banner 17 of the 21 councilors council.

The suspense will not have been long. Only eight minutes after the close of the polls at 8:00 pm was enough to hear shouts of joy at the Team Labeaume meeting. The victory of the outgoing mayor was obvious from the first count.

“After 10 years, having between 50 and 60% is fantastic. There are many politicians who dream of having 55%, “said the politician.

The man, however, lost a great ally at the end of Highway 20 with the defeat of Denis Coderre. “I am going to congratulate Mrs. Plante, she has done an extraordinary campaign. You will understand that Denis, I am extremely sad for him, “said Mr. Labeaume.

“It’s nothing against Mrs. Plante … But with Denis, we still made battles together. It must be extremely sad for him. When we have a companion who goes away like that, especially since he loses, it’s sad.

“But Ms. Plante looks obviously a very intelligent and enthusiastic woman, so we will collaborate without any worries,” added the Mayor of Quebec.

Priority to public transit

Jean-François Gosselin, hoping to double Mr. Labeaume on the right and make this election “a referendum on the SRB”, receives 28% of the votes. The Quebec 21 leader managed to get two seats at City Hall, including his own.

But Mr. Gosselin was nearly excluded from the municipal council. In Beauport, his running mate won by only 69 votes against Team Labeaume’s candidate.

Jean-François Gosselin did not want to concede yesterday that the project of Bus Rapid Transit (SRB) had won the referendum. “I will not let that happen. We will do everything to make sure that does not happen, said the new leader of the opposition. I continue to believe that this is not a good project for Quebec City and I am convinced that Team Labeaume advisors think like me. ”

Anne Guérette, of Democracy Quebec, collects 15% of the votes. This is a disappointment for the one who was the Leader of the Opposition at City Hall. Yesterday evening, the politician left some doubt about her future in politics.

His running mate was elected, the only seat won by his party. But Ms. Guérette explained that she needed a few hours to decide whether she would take the position of councilor for the next four years or retire. She should announce it today.

Régis Labeaume was clear about his first priority: to provide Quebec with a structuring public transit system. “We were quite clear about the structuring transport project, we did not hide anyone, we told people where we were going,” said the mayor. The answer is very clear. So, listen, we’ll do what we said. ”

The mayor of Quebec also expressed reservations about the proposed third link to Lévis, an idea defended tooth and nail by Jean-François Gosselin. “It will take a net gain, clear and precise. We will have to understand what it gives us in Quebec, repeated Mr. Labeaume. We will collaborate, but we must be sure that in Quebec, there will be a net gain. ”

By adding the election of an independent advisor, Team Labeaume wins 17 of the 21 districts of Quebec. This overwhelming majority, however, hides the fact that the mayor received his least strong support in his career. In 2007, he had 59% of the vote, then 79.7% in 2009 and 74% in 2013.

At the end of his four-year term, Régis Labeaume will become the third mayor in Quebec City’s history in terms of longevity. Lucien Borne was mayor for 15 years (1938-1953) and Jean-Paul L’Allier, for 16 years (1989-2005).