Quebec elections: Pauline Marois, Parti Quebecois win minority rule, deadly shooting at victory party.

Deadly Shooting Mars Quebec Election Night

Deadly Shooting Mars Quebec Election Night

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Sept. 5 2012 10:39 AM

Deadly Shooting Mars Quebec Election Night

Pauline Marois, chief of the Parti Quebecois, speaks to her supporters after the elections results announced at Olympia theater in Montreal on December 8, 2008

Photo by Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images.

Pauline Marois' election as the first female premier of Quebec on Tuesday was marred by a fatal shooting at her victory party in Montreal. Marois, head of the separatist Parti Québécois, will lead a minority government.

According to the Toronto Star, Marois was in the middle of a speech when a man opened fire, killing one and injuring another. The attacker, who wore a blue bathrobe, shouted in French "the English are rising!" as he was being taken into custody.


Mariois' separatist party won 54 of 125 districts in Quebec. Her minority government, as Bloomberg explains, will require the support of other parties to pass laws. The liberal party won only 50 seats, and the previous premier Jean Charest—who has been in the office since 2003—lost re-election in his district. 

The Parti Québécois wants secession from the rest of Canada for the French-speaking province, while the liberal party is pro-Canada. But the minority rule probably means that Mariois' government won't try a secession vote any time soon.