Quebec Election Shooting

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Election Shooting Suspect In Court

MONTREAL - The man charged in Quebec's election night shooting says he's too far in debt to pay for a lawyer.Richard Henry Bain made a court appearance Tuesday, on nearly the one-year anniversary of t...
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Politics and Violence: A Familiar Mix for Canada

"Never, never will I accept that Quebec is associated with violence," Quebec Premier-elect Pauline Marois declared in the wake of the recent election night shooting.Mme. Marois is not alone. Across the country, elected officials and pundits of all political stripes tell us that Canada is a "peaceable kingdom." The reality is quite different and it is a subject which we have been reluctant to even broach, let alone discuss.
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Security At PQ Victory Party Called Weak

The master of ceremonies at the Parti Québécoisvictory party Tuesday night in Montreal is criticizing the security team assigned to the premier-designate, who was whisked off the concert hall stage du...
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Québeckers Don't Want Separation, We Want Better

If ever it really did look like Québec was coming close to separation, I'd move back in a flash. There'd be no way I'd let the province secede and me be without my home and the Péquistes without the thorn of me in their side. I'd also be there because I like what Québeckers are demanding. But separation isn't going to happen. Québeckers want a better society, a better representation of their views. We could do worse than look for an example to a territory that, using whatever tools circumstances have placed in its reach, demands the change that elections can bring.
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Suspected Shooter In Court

The alleged gunman in the Quebec election night shooting that left one man dead and another wounded during the Parti Québécois victory rally earlier this week was formally charged today with first-deg...
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It's Not Easy Guarding Politicans

The video of plainclothes Quebec provincial police hustling premier-designate Pauline Marois from the stage in the middle of her election victory speech provided a rare glimpse of real security detail...
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Shooting, Death Mars PQ Victory

MONTREAL - A victory speech by Quebec's premier-in-waiting was marred by an attack that saw two people shot, with one of them killed, while a fire was set outside the building where she was speaking.G...
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Post-Shooting, Let's Forget Politics

Last night during Pauline Marois' victory speech a tragic shooting left us all speechless. This is the moment where one needs to pause, not the moment to start pointing fingers at whomever or whatever. It is the moment where we must stop, take a step back from the electoral fervor, forget our political and historic baggage to mourn the death of an innocent man who was only doing his job, who wasn't even there for a political rally, but simply to earn a living.
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Quebec Shooting Suspect Not A Montrealer

Police say Richard Henry Bain from Mont Tremblant is the suspect arrested after a shooting that left a 48-year-old man dead and another man critically wounded outside a Parti Québécois election victor...
CP

Even Before the Shots, This Election Was Rooted in Hate

As the Parti Québécois gathered for their victory party Wednesday morning, shots were fired from an AK 47 where two people were shot; one man died on the scene. Pauline Marois was quickly ushered off the stage, and authorities swiftly apprehended the shooter. People are quick to place blame in instances like this. We are all to blame. When the political discourse in this province reduces itself to a claptrap mélange of xenophobic remarks and intransigent reactions, the outcome is never good.
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Why the Parti Quebecois Has Far From Won

The Parti Quebecois' slim victory has a bitter taste this morning, made even worse because of the sad and deplorable events in Montreal. This victory does not give the PQ the margin it needs to carry out its platform. Yesterday's disappointing results reflect well the mood of a very unenthusiastic population and separatist electorate that are still struggling to see themselves as part of the party that will form the next government, despite nine years of Liberal rule.
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Can Quebec Move Past its Teenage Angst?

This is no longer the Quebec of the Quiet Revolution. This province is willing to be loud about what it does and does not want. The problem is; it still needs to figure out what it is and what it isn't. And then shots were fired. And we all collectively gasped and came to our senses. Today, we hopefully all take a step back. There's an existential crisis brewing. A province realizing it's not necessarily the open, welcoming, progressive place it thought it was; a people grappling with questions of identity, inclusiveness. This is a society in real flux. A society that is, in some ways, holding on to the last vestiges of a past that defined what it became, but can no longer allow it to become what it must. Quebec is experiencing major growing pains.
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Hey Ladies, Are Those Political Speeches or the Vagina Monologues?

During PQ leader Pauline Marois' acceptance speech on Tuesday evening, shots rang out. Marois, undaunted, returned to the stage and made this statement: "This is an example of a woman head of state. Voila." Throughout her campaign, Marois brought up her sex several times, as did Ann Romney and Tammy Duckworth in their respective convention speeches. For women who are politically-minded, it's been one hell of a week.
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A History Of Violence

OTTAWA - Whether or not the fatal shooting outside the Parti Quebecois victory party turns out to be related to politics, it serves as a pointed reminder that politically motivated violence in Canada...
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The Game of Politics Shouldn't Claim Lives

During Pauline Marois' victory speech in Quebec last night, gun shots were fired -- an alleged "assassination" attempt on the outspoken leader, as a 62-year-old armed with a handgun and an assault rifle "lost his shit" outside the venue. Marois was unharmed but sadly someone actually died in this vapid protest. We each are responsible for embracing the idea that there is a place for everyone in society, and that to fight for fierce nationalism or singularly-minded patriotism is a dangerous and unnecessary battle to wage.
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Say "À Bientôt" Not "Au Revoir" to Jean Charest

The loss for the Quebec Liberals and its leader, Jean Charest, was a political low moment last night. Indeed it is my hope that Jean Charest will still be involved in public life. His undying affection for federalism, conviction for equality and eloquence is still a service needed by Quebec and Canada.
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PQ Wins Quebec Election

MONTREAL — A celebration of the Parti Quebecois' return to power was shattered Tuesday — first by a political disappointment, then by a stunning tragedy. The party won a minority government with a wea...