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1936 Quebec general election

← 1935 August 17, 1936 1939 →

90 seats in the 19th Legislative Assembly of Quebec
46 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Leader Maurice Duplessis Adélard Godbout
Party Union Nationale Liberal
Leader since June 20, 1936 June 11, 1936
Leader's seat Trois-Rivières L'Islet
Last election 42 seats, 48.41%1 47 seats, 46.53%
Seats won 76 14
Seat change 34 33
Percentage 56.88% 39.41%
Swing 8.47pp1 7.12pp

Premier before election

Adélard Godbout

Premier after election

Maurice Duplessis
Union Nationale

The 1936 Quebec general election was held on August 17, 1936 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Quebec, Canada. The Union Nationale, led by Maurice Duplessis, defeated the incumbent Quebec Liberal Party, led by Adélard Godbout.

This marked the end of slightly more than 39 consecutive years in power for the Liberals, who had governed Quebec since the 1897 election.

This 1936 election had been called less than one year after the 1935 election after Liberal premier Louis-Alexandre Taschereau resigned because of a scandal. He was replaced by Godbout as Liberal leader and premier.

This was Duplessis's first term in office. After losing the subsequent 1939 election, he later won four more general elections in a row, and became the dominant politician of his time. It was also the Union Nationale's first election, having been formed from a merger between the Action libérale nationale and the Quebec Conservative Party.

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Party Party leader # of
Seats Popular Vote
1935 Elected % Change # % % Change
Union Nationale^1 Maurice Duplessis   42 76 +81.0%   56.88% +8.5%
Liberal Adélard Godbout   47 14 -70.2%   39.41% -7.1%
     Other   - - -   3.71% -1.4%
Total   89 90 +1.1%   100%  


^1 Results change is compared to the combined totals of the Conservative and Action libérale nationale parties in 1935.

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