Montreal (Apr. 14)
– Two Jewish deputies of the opposition Liberal Party were elected to the Quebec. National Assembly yesterday despite their party’s crushing defeat by the Parti Quebecois headed by Premier Rene Levesque. They are Herbert Marx of the D’Arcy McGee District who piled up a 23,573 vote majority, and Harry Blank of the St. Louis District who won with 8,701 votes.
A third Liberal candidate, Maximilan Pollack, who is half Jewish, won the seat in the St. Anne District. The new Quebec Assembly is composed of 80 deputies from Levesque’s party and 42 Liberals.
Commenting on the election results, Jack Kantrowitz, political affairs director of the Canadian Jewish Congress, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that “despite the fact that in the past the Parti Quebecois did not have any non-French Canadian members, it was open to the needs and concerns of the Jewish community. We will continue to work together with Quebecois of all backgrounds for the benefit of the Jewish community and Quebec society.”