Uh, Prime Minister, we have a slight problem in the former capital of New France.
Two more campaign verities that may bite the dust.
1. The Tories were expected to handily retain their 10 seats in the Quebec City region. Uh, no.
2. And battleground Ontario is key to blocking a Tory majority. We'll see.
Here's seat-projector Eric Grenier at 308.com:
Throughout the Quebec City region, [polling firm] CROP found the New Democrats to be extremely competitive. They are leading in Beauport - Limoilou, Charlesbourg - Haute-Saint-Charles, Louis-Hébert, and Portneuf - Jacques-Cartier, while being tied or closely trailing in Louis-Saint-Laurent and Québec. In other words, the NDP could sweep Quebec City, this after support that ran in the 9% to 13% range in the 2008 election. The New Democrats could, depending on what happens elsewhere, block a Conservative majority in Quebec City of all places. [Emphasis added.]
The Dippers currently hold one (1) seat in la belle province - that of a Grit-turned-Dipper in Montreal. In the CCF/NDP's 79-year history, it has never held more than one seat in Quebec. It now appears that at least five seats in 99% francophone Quebec City alone are within its grasp.