After a close election count, it was announced that the Liberal Party of Canada's Quebec Province, had defeated the Union National Party by 50 seats to 44 , with one independent being elected, June 23.
LV Antonio Barrette addresses crowd in Place du Marche.
SV The above.
SV Section of crowd.
CV Barrette concludes speech.
SV PAN..Crowd to Barrette walking off.
CV INT..Lesage's home - supporters watch tape machine.
MV Girls check returns.
CU Girl checks.
CU Returns come through on machine.
CV Supporters round machine.
MV Lesage and others wait.
CU Portable radio in hands.
CU Man with headphones.
MV Lesage and others round ticker tape.
CV PAN..Lesage to ticker tape.
CU Lesage congratulated.
CU Lesage chats to supporters.
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Background: After a close election count, it was announced that the Liberal Party of Canada's Quebec Province, had defeated the Union National Party by 50 seats to 44 , with one independent being elected, June 23.
The heaviest vote in Quebec's history toppled the once formidable National Union Party from office, for the first time in 16 years. Five cabinet ministers lost their seats.
More than eighty per cent of the 2,600,000 people eligible to vote went to the polls on June 22 to select a new government. When their ballots were counted, fifty Liberals had been elected. This gave the Liberal Party - rejuvenated under it's new leader, Jean Lesage, who resigned his seat and cabinet portfolio with the Federal Government to lead the provincial party in 1958 - a working majority of six. The National Union Party, which held seventy-one seats at dissolution last April -- a majority of 54 -- emerged from the fray with only 44 candidates elected.
Antonio Barrette, the 61-year-old former Labour Minister who became provincial premier last January following the death of Paul Sauve, is expected to resign his premiership next week. Apart from the astounding gains by the Liberals - far beyond the expectations of most observers who had been predicting a swing, but no more than a stronger opposition -- National Union majorities were slashed in many areas.