Quebecers don't buy into constitutional truce offered by ex-sovereigntist

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REPENTIGNY, Que. - Support for a new nationalist, business-friendly party in Quebec sputtered on election day as it headed for a third-place finish.

The Coalition party had its sights set on at least the Opposition as polls suggested it was winning over disaffected Liberal voters.

But the party was ultimately unable to expand its support much beyond the toehold it had in the legislature heading into the campaign.

Coalition Leader Francois Legault was unable to sell voters on his proposed constitutional truce aimed at improving Quebec's economy.

At campaign headquarters in Legault's riding just east of Montreal, only occasional cheers erupted from what was otherwise a subdued crowd.

The party had nine seats heading into the election.

Geographic location: Quebec, Montreal

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