POLITICS

Jean Charest loses in Sherbrooke as Liberals become official Opposition

09/04/2012 10:53 EDT | Updated 11/04/2012 05:12 EST
SHERBROOKE, Que. - Liberal Leader Jean Charest has lost his riding of Sherbrooke.

Charest had represented the riding provincially since 1998 and before that had been the Conservative MP in the riding.

Serge Cardin, who represented Sherbrooke for the Bloc Quebecois between 1998 and 2011, had more than 40 per cent of the popular vote in Tuesday's election, compared with about 35 per cent for Charest.

The Liberals will form the official Opposition in the national assembly, although it wasn't immediately clear whether Charest would stay on as leader.

The Parti Quebecois formed the new minority government as it returned to power for the first time since 2003.