GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One person was killed and another seriously injured Tuesday 4 September during a victory speech given in Montreal by Quebec’s newly elected separatist premier, Pauline Marois.
Police said a man around 50 years old was arrested after entering a nightclub where Marois was addressing her supporters, shooting the two persons and setting off a fire. The blaze was quickly extinguished by officers. The suspect, who was not identified, shouted in accented French, “The English are waking up, the English are waking up! It’s payback!” as he was taken away by officers.
Marois’s Parti Quebecois defeated incumbent liberal Premier Jean Charest by just one percentage point in the popular vote. Before the shooting began, Marois acknowledged the narrow victory, saying ” We will respect that choice by governing with all the other elected lawmakers. We’ll make the necessary compromises to make the state work.” She added, “We’ll govern in a responsible way.”