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Quebec Liberals win one byelection; involved in tight race in another

QUEBEC - Premier Philippe Couillard's Liberals won a provincial byelection in a longtime stronghold on Monday while battling neck and neck in another Quebec City riding.Sebastien Proulx emerged victorious in Jean-Talon, a riding that has gone Liberal since the 1966 election.Proulx won with more than 40 per cent of the vote and replaces Yves Bolduc, who resigned earlier this year.In the riding of Chauveau, two former TV reporters were involved in a tight race, with the Liberals' Veronyque Tremblay and Jocelyne Cazin of the Coalition for Quebec's Future going toe to toe and easily outdistancing Sebastien Couture of the Parti Quebecois.Late in the campaign, the PQ sent in Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau's longtime partner and well-known TV personality, Julie Snyder, to boost Couture's chances.The results will have little impact on the makeup of the national assembly: the Liberals had 69 of the 125 seats before the two byelections, the PQ 30, the Coalition 21 and Quebec solidaire three.

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