Tears, laughter, drama. As the results of Quebec's 2018 election were delivered, emotions ran high across party lines on Oct. 1.

National Observer had a team of four photographers covering all four parties. Josie Desmarais, Andrej Ivanov and Brandon Johnston were in Montreal, and Philippe Ruel was in Québec to capture images as the Coalition Avenir Québec and Québec solidaire made big gains, while the Liberals and the Parti Québécois suffered historic losses.

Coalition Avenir Québec supporters at the Quebec Congress Centre are euphoric as news outlets start to declare their party the winner of a majority government. Photo by Philippe Ruel

The mood is at a polar opposite over at the Parti Québécois event at Usine C in Montreal, as news comes of a historic defeat. Photo by Brandon Johnston

Spirits are high as Québec Solidaire surges. Gabriel Fournier cheers as election results begin to be announced at the Olympia theatre in Montreal. By the end of the evening, the party had scored an historic 10 seats in Quebec's national assembly. Photo by Andrej Ivanov

A Liberal candidate's attachée can't believe what she's seeing, as her party suffers a defeat of which some say has not been seen since Confederation. Photo by Josie Desmarais

Geneviève Guilbault, incumbent MNA for Coalition Avenir Québec in Louis-Hébert, talks to journalists after her new victory was confirmed, over at the Québec City Centre des Congrès. Photo by Philippe Ruel

Parti Quebecois, Montreal, Quebec election, Gabrielle Lemieux

Gabrielle Lemieux, president of the Parti Québécois, addresses a visibly emotional crowd after the party's crushing defeat, at Usine C in Montreal. Photo by Brandon Johnston

Former journalist Vincent Marissal kisses his wife in the middle of delivering his victory speech for the Québec Solidaire party. Marissal defeated the Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée in Rosemont. Photo by Andrej Ivanov

Christine St-Pierre, incumbent MNA and Liberal cabinet minister, had mixed feelings as she watched the shocking results for her party come in, even though she won her seat back. Photo by Josie Desmarais

Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée tells supporters in Montreal that he is stepping down as the party's leader after he was defeated by Québec Solidaire's Vincent Marissal in his own riding. Photo by Brandon Johnston

Manon Massé, co-spokesperson for Québec Solidaire walks through the crowd before delivering her victory speech at the Olympia theatre, clearly taking in the emotions of the evening. She again won her seat in the riding of Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques. Photo by Andrej Ivanov

François Legault, leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, and newly elected premier of Quebec, walks through a crowd of supporters before his victory speech at the Québec City Centre Des Congrès. Photo by Philippe Ruel

Comments

Today's must read