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Pontiac voters elect Liberal Sophie Chatel as MP

For the first time, Pontiac will be represented by a woman in the 44th Canadian Parliament, electing Liberal party candidate Sophie Chatel as its member of Parliament with over 40 per cent of the vote. Stuart Benson Photo

Voters in the Pontiac have elected Liberal candidate Sophie Chatel as their new MP. Chatel is the first woman to be named MP in the riding after she secured more than 40 per cent of the vote during Monday’s federal election.

Chatel won the election with over 40 per cent of the vote, with Conservative party candidate Michel Gauthier securing just over 20 per cent. Bloc Quebecois candidate Gabrielle Desjardins will receive around 15 per cent of the vote, similar to her party’s showing in 2019. NDP candidate Denise Giroux will also maintain much of her vote share from the previous election at just over 10 per cent.

Just after 11 p.m. – over 90 minutes after polls had closed in the Pontiac on Sept. 20 – Chatel spoke to the crowd of supporters that had gathered for the candidate's victory inside Cafe Cognac in the Plateau in Gatineau.