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Philippe Couillard's new Liberal government voted top story of 2014

12/31/2014 10:58 EST | Updated 03/02/2015 05:59 EST
We asked, you voted. Philippe Couillard's April election win nabbed the top spot of CBC Montreal's biggest news stories of the year.

If you asked the Parti Québécois prior to the April 7 vote what their predictions for the election would be, they would have told you Pauline Marois would win by a landslide.

But by the time the votes were tallied, it turned out the exact opposite happened. The PQ lost 24 of its 54 seats, including that of party leader Marois. 

She resigned election night after her crushing defeat. 

Other stories up for the honour of being Quebec's biggest newsmakers include:

'Radicalized' Quebecers

They didn't know each other and their respective attacks were not directly linked. But Martin Couture-Rouleau and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shared common traits — both self radicalized and adrift in their lives and connected in their sympathy to radical Islamic ideology, seeking to venture overseas and possibly fight for what they considered a higher cause. 

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was run over and killed by Couture-Rouleau in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Oct. 20. Two days later, Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa before being shot dead himself. 

Quebec passes landmark bill on assisted death

After years of nonpartisan work by several Quebec governments, the province finally passed its bill on medically assisted death. The law spells out the circumstances in which terminally ill Quebecers can seek the help of a doctor to kill themselves. The landmark decision is held up around the country, the continent and even the world as a glowing example of humanity. 

However, the federal government will likely challenge it in court, as the bill contravenes certain articles in the Canadian Criminal Code.

Luka Magnotta convicted after 10-week trial

The 10-week trial of Luka Magnotta culminated just two days before Christmas with a guilty verdict on all five counts he was facing in the murder of Concordia student Jun Lin.

The court heard from dozens of witnesses, but never from Magnotta himself.

The Crown said after the verdict was delivered that Magnotta's failure to testify could have contributed to the jury's decision to find him guilty on all counts.

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