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Four McGill students elected to parliament
|Last Edited||Scott³ May 03, 2011 11:22am|
|News Date||Tuesday, May 3, 2011 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||"Three current McGill students and one recent McGill graduate were elected members of parliament (MPs) in today’s federal election |
The students, Charmaine Borg, Matthew Dubé, Mylène Freeman and Laurin Liu, were all NDP candidates in Quebec ridings. All four candidates defeated incumbent opponents from the Bloc Québécois.
With the CBC projecting 102 seats in the new parliament, Jack Layton’s NDP will form the official opposition to Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, which won the majority with 167 projected seats.
Borg, who won the Terrebonne-Blainville riding in southern Quebec with a projected 49.37 per cent of the vote. Borg is a Political Science student at McGill and Labour Relations Officer for the Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE), who represent around 2,500 part-time employees at the University, as well as NDP McGill co-president. The closest candidate, Diane Bourgeois of the Bloc, received 30.83 per cent of the vote.
A few days ago an NDP spokesman explained that Borg did not own a cell-phone. Borg had been unreachable throughout the campaign despite repeated attempts by local Terrebonne newspaper Le Trait d’Union to reach her.
Dubé, a Political Science major and History minor at McGill, won the Chambly-Borduas riding with a projected 47.72 per cent of the vote. Dubé, NDP McGill’s other co-president, beat out Bloc incumbent Yves Lessard by a projected 30 per cent of the vote.
Freeman, a McGill graduate, won the Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel riding with a projected 44.19 per cent of the vote. The CBC project second-place candidate, Mario Laframboise of the Bloc, will receive 29 per cent of the vote.
Freeman is also a candidate for Outrement borough council on the Project Montreal ticket."