Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchett is projected to win his ride of Beloil-Chambley in the 2021 federal election.
Blanchett took a major lead in the early results, garnering 54 percent of the vote as of 11 a.m. Eastern Time, with just over a quarter reporting the vote. Her Liberal rival, Marie-Chantal Hamel, received 22.7 percent of the vote in those early results.
Blanchett won Riding for the first time in the 2019 federal election. Prior to that election, the seat was contested by Matthew Dubey of the NDP, who won the seat during the NDP’s “orange wave” in 2011.
“No one should be afraid of bloc Quebecois,” Blanchett said in a speech late on Election Night. “Bloc which is good for Quebec will be backed by Quebec. A bloc that is bad for Quebec will be fought by Quebec.”
Before entering federal politics, Blanchett served as MNA for the party Québécois in the National Assembly of Quebec. He served as the province’s minister for Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks in the government of then-Prime Minister Pauline Marois.
Blanchett became the leader of Block Québécois in 2019, winning acclaim after being the only candidate to enter the competition.
The municipality and electoral boundaries of Beloil-Chambley comprise the regional county municipality of Rouville, which includes Marieville, Richelieu, Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu and La Vallée-du-Richelieu.
The ride has historically been organized by the Bloc Québécois, although the NDP won it in the 2011 and 2015 elections. It was last organized in 1988 by progressive conservatives and in 1980 by liberals.