Francois Legault has been elected as the Premier of Quebec for a second term.
Within eight minutes of the polls closing across the province at 8 p.m. ET, CTV News declared Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party has secured a resounding win in the Quebec legislature.
The Coalition Avenir Quebec party was leading in 93 of 125 seats in the National Assembly, according to data from Elections Quebec at 9:23 p.m. Montreal time.
“More proud! More rich!” said Legault’s deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault as she summed up the sentiment of her party’s victory.
The victory means Legault can implement a plan to trim tax rates on the lowest income brackets and send C$400 to C$600 payments this fall to residents who earned less than C$100,000 (about $73,300) last year.
He’s also promised tens of billions in spending to financially help seniors, improve health services and build infrastructure.
Legault has also put forward ambitious infrastructure plans, with spending on roads, hospitals, schools and public transportation expected to reach as much as C$150 billion between 2023 and 2033.
That includes a controversial C$6.5 billion mega-tunnel between the provincial capital, Quebec City, and the suburb of Levis.
Legault spent part of the day Monday in the Quebec City area asking voters to throw their support behind his party.
“We need your vote because we want to continue — continue — to fight for a more prosperous, greener, and prouder Quebec,” he said Monday.