Quebec general election, 1970
110 seats in the 31st National Assembly of Quebec
56 seats were needed for a majority
January 17, 1970
October 2, 1968
50 seats, 47.29%
56 seats, 40.82%
March 22, 1970
October 14, 1968
Laurier (lost re-election)
Quebec general election of 1970 was held on April 29, 1970, to elect members of the National Assembly of Quebec, Canada. The former Legislative Assembly had been renamed the "National Assembly" in 1968. The Quebec Liberal Party, led by Robert Bourassa, defeated the incumbent Union Nationale, led by Jean-Jacques Bertrand.
This election marked the first appearance by a new party, the sovereigntist
Parti Québécois, led by former Liberal cabinet minister René Lévesque. The PQ won a modest seven seats, although Lévesque was defeated in his own riding.
Only a few months after the election, Quebec faced a severe test with the
October Crisis, in which Liberal cabinet minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped and assassinated by the Front de libération du Québec, a violent pro-independence group.
The Union Nationale, which had governed Quebec through most of the 1940s and 1950s, would never come close to winning power again. This was partly because a significant number of the Union Nationale's younger supporters shifted their support to the PQ.
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* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.
1 including results of and Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale from previous election. Ralliement national
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