If you were watching the election coverage on Global on April 14, you
saw Concordia political science professor Guy Lachapelle analyzing the
results as they came in.
In the background were six of his students, acting as results producers
in the TV studio, tabulating the votes. They were Aubert Lavigne-Descôteaux,
Julia Thomson, Leonardo Iannone, Stéphane Paquin, Isabelle Dupuis
and Fadi Otari.
Iannone, a geography student in the last stretch of his Masters
degree in Public Policy and Public Administration, thoroughly enjoyed
We went for two days training in a Windows-based program,
and then we had a dry run on Sunday, the day before the election,
he explained. The computer program provided a profile of each riding based
on how it had gone in previous elections, and other useful information.
I was covering the results coming in from the South Shore,
Iannone said. We had a co-ordinator, and when anything exciting
happened, like a change in the way the voting was going, we would call
her. Also, Guy kept asking for material [to use on camera]. The big story
was the close race in [Liberal leader] Jean Charests own riding.
We were also tracking how many women were elected.
The election night field trip was directly relevant to the
course the students were taking, called Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation.
The course covers government programs, and the use of polls and questionnaires
to gauge their success. Iannone said that Guy is a master of the
field, and Lachapelle is also president of the International Political
Isabelle Dupuis, also a masters student in public policy and public
administration, was responsible for calling the winners in the 14 ridings
of Montreals North Shore and the Laurentians. The experience, she
said, was really interesting because there were a lot of tight races
Dupuis was the results producer. At 11:20 p.m., Dupuis announced
the winner, by a nose, in the last riding to be called. The Liberals had
taken Groulx, with a final majority of 39.54 per cent, a margin of only
In order to be certain of the winner, at least 20 per cent of the votes
must be counted and there must be a 20-per-cent difference between candidates,
Dupuis explained. The race was so tight in Groulx that when 85 per cent
of the votes had been counted, there was a disparity of 1 per cent between
the PQ and Liberals.
When asked if she was interested in provincial politics, Dupuis responded,
Absolutely not! She has an internship lined up with the federal
government in Ottawa this summer.
As for Iannone, he has a bachelors degree in geology. His next steps
will be an internship for his masters program and using a bursary
for French as a second language study. Ultimately, he wants to work in
sustainability and international development.