In Honoré-Mercier riding in the city’s northeast, Liberal Pablo Rodriguez took an early lead and held it throughout the night, ending victorious with 56.6 percent of votes cast.
Rodriguez easily eclipsed the 16.3 percent of ballots cast for NDP incumbent Paulina Ayala. Rodriguez co-chaired the Liberal campaign and had held the riding from 2004-2011. In 2011 Rodriguez lost the riding to the NDP by a mere 6 percent of votes, but now dominated by more than 40 percent.
The Bloc’s Audrey Beauséjour and Tory Guy Croteau garnered 12.9 percent and 12 percent respectively in the long politically divided riding that encompasses parts of Rivière-des-prairies–Point-aux-trembles and Anjou. Honoré-Mercier has wavered between Progressive Conservative, Liberal, Bloc and NDP representation over the last four decades. More than 65 percent of the riding’s 78,744 registered electors cast a ballot on Monday.