Sep 05, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Quebecers have voted for change.  Pauline Marois and the Parti Quebecois have ousted Jean Charest and the Liberals from office, with a  minority government win in Tuesday’s provincial election.  

Marois told cheering supporters that for the first time in Quebec’s history, a woman will lead what she called Quebec’s “national” government.  But she offered assurances — in English — that the rights of anglophones in the province would be protected.

Soon after, the premier-designate was whisked off the stage by security following a shooting behind the Montreal venue where the PQ party was taking place.  One person was killed, the other is listed in critical condition.  Police have arrested a male suspect who they say is about 50 years of age and wearing a housecoat.  He is said to have shouted “The Anglos are waking up” as he was dragged to a cruiser.  The suspect is also accused of setting a fire at the rear of the building.   Pauline Marois has since said her thoughts are with the victims.

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