The Parti Québécois (PQ), a Centre-Left Quebec secessionist party, appears to have prevailed in today’s provincial election, though the election was closer than expected. The Globe and Mail has the story:
Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois is now Quebec’s first female premier, though it remains unclear whether her party has clinched a majority in an intensely fought Quebec provincial election that could usher a new phase of confrontations in the national unity debate.
Two television networks, TVA and CTV, have called the PQ as winners of the election. Radio-Canada has also called it a PQ victory.
The PQ is leading in 59 ridings, while the Liberals are ahead in 46 ridings, early results from the Quebec election show, with the upstart Coalition Avenir Québec is behind, leading in 18 ridings.
…Ms. Marois has pledged to stage a series of constitutional and financial battles with Ottawa to help build its case for sovereignty.
…In an interview with The Globe last week, Ms. Marois has said that, if she is victorious, she will seek to meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and ask that Ottawa treat Quebec like a nation and give it full control over language, culture and employment insurance.
“We won’t be satisfied with just getting more powers. What we want is Quebec sovereignty. And until we achieve it following a referendum, what we want is to get more power on what makes us different as a people.”