Sep 05, 2012
By Jane Brown
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.