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Monday, September 10, 2012

Separatists Take Power in Quebec

The gunman who allegedly killed one person and injured another at a rally for the newly elected premier of Quebec last week is now in police custody and is expected back in court next month.

Richard Henry Bain opened fire at a victory rally for Pauline Marois, whose separatist Parti Quebecois party won the provincial election by a slim margin. The alleged shooter yelled “The English are waking up!” as police dragged him out of the rally. Quebec is a majority French-speaking province where tensions over language issues have resulted in two referendums — both unsuccessful — on separating from Canada.

So what is the current state of French/English coexistence in the province, and can we expect another referendum on separation?


  • Philip Authier, senior political writer, The Montreal Gazette

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