MONTREAL - CBC News predicts a Liberal majority government in Quebec, making
Jean Charest the next premier of the province.
It will be Charest's first
victory as leader of the provincial party after stepping down as leader of the
federal Progressive Conservatives.
|Charest's campaign focused on health care. He promised to cut government
subsidies, tax credits to big businesses and trim the civil service.
also predicted Parti Quebecois leader Premier Bernard Landry would call another
sovereignty referendum of elected.
The Liberals defeated the ruling Parti
Quebecois and Landry; and Mario Dumont's upstart Action Démocratique du Québec.
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien expressed his satisfaction with the results,
reading the results to guests at a state dinner in the Dominican Republic. The
prime minister is there on an official visit.
"Between Mike Weir and Quebec
we have two good things," said Chrétien.
Written by CBC News Online
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