A FATAL SHOOTING greeted separatist Pauline Marois as she claimed victory over the reigning Liberals on Tuesday.
One person died and another was critically injured after shots were fired at Montreal’s Metropolis, where Marois was in the middle of her victory speech. A third victim was treated for shock in hospital.
Quebec’s premier-designate had just told a cheering crowd that Quebec needs to become an independent country when her bodyguards swooped in and whisked her off stage.
The Liberals were beaten for several reasons, according to reports, none more obvious than the anti-protest law the inflamed Quebec’s citizenry.
Support for the party leader has waned due to his handling of the student strike, allegations of corruption in the construction industry and passage of Bill 78 – a widely condemned anti-protest law that brought hundreds of thousands of Quebecois on to the streets during the spring. [Guardian]
Beyond her separatist pitch, one interesting part of Marois’ platform was her secular notion of religion in politics.
More controversially, she proposed a secularism charter banning public service employees from wearing overt religious symbols, like the Jewish yarmulke and the Muslim hijab.