Quebec general election, 1981
122 seats in the 32nd National Assembly of Quebec
62 seats were needed for a majority
The Quebec general election of 1981 was held on April 13, 1981, to elect members of the National Assembly of the Province of Quebec, Canada. The incumbent Parti Québécois, led by René Lévesque, won re-election, defeating the Quebec Liberal Party, led by Claude Ryan.
The PQ won re-election despite having lost the 1980 Quebec referendum on sovereignty-association, the party's proposal for political independence for Quebec in an economic union with the rest of Canada. To some extent, they were helped by Claude Ryan's old-fashioned campaign style: he refused to tailor sound bites for the evening news and ran a campaign generally unsuited for television coverage. Despite finishing only three percent behind the PQ, the Liberals still finished a distant second, with 42 seats to the PQ's 80.
The Union Nationale, which had won 11 seats in a modest comeback in the 1976 general election, was reduced to five seats at dissolution by numerous floor crossings, retirements and resignations. Among the departures was that of its leader in the 1976 election, Rodrigue Biron, who crossed the floor to the PQ. The once-proud party lost all of its remaining seats, never to return. The party essentially ended at this point, though it lingered in desultory fashion until 1989.
The overall results were:
|Party||Party leader||# of
|1976||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|Parti Québécois||René Lévesque||122||71||80||+12.7%||1,773,237||49.26%||+7.89%|
|Union Nationale||Roch LaSalle||121||11||-||-100%||144,070||4.00%||-14.20%|
|Workers Communist||Roger Rashi||33||*||-||*||4,956||0.14%||*|
|Freedom of Choice||Duncan McDonald||12||*||-||*||4,955||0.14%||*|
|United Social Credit||Jean-Paul Poulin||16||*||-||-||1,284||0.04%||*|
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election or information not available.
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- "Résultats officiels par parti politique pour l'ensemble des circonscriptions". Directeur général des élections du Québec. Retrieved 2012-01-31.