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Liberals dethrone Tories in Lac-Saint-Jean; Conservatives hold Alberta stronghold

By Marco Vigliotti      

Richard Hébert placed first in the northeastern Quebec riding of Lac-Saint-Jean, while Dane Lloyd kept Sturgeon River-Parkland, Alta. in the Conservative fold.

Richard Hébert won Monday's byelection in Lac-Saint-Jean, Que. for the federal Liberals. Photograph courtesy of the Liberal Party of Canada

The governing Liberal Party surged to victory in a competitive northeastern Quebec riding Monday night, showcasing newfound strength in a rural stretch of the province it had arguably not seen there since the early 1980s. Liberal candidate Richard Hébert beat back a spirited push from the Bloc Québécois and Conservatives to take the riding of Lac-Saint-Jean, previously represented by veteran Conservative Denis Lebel, who resigned over the summer, triggering the byelection. Mr. Hébert, a local former mayor, surged

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