Separatist Party Wins Power in Quebec

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTREAL (AP) -- Canadian media say a separatist party has won power in the Quebec, potentially placing the French-speaking province on course for another referendum to break away from Canada.
Both the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and the Canadian Press news agency called the election for the Parti Quebecois Tuesday night. PQ leader Pauline Marios will replace Liberal leader Jean Charest, who headed for Quebec for nearly as decade, as premier. It was not immediately clear if the PQ won enough votes to obtain a majority of the seats in the Quebec Assembly. If they don't win a majority it would undermine efforts to quickly hold a referendum on separation.
Quebec has held two referendums to split from Canada, in 1980 and 1995, the last narrowly rejecting independence.
Polls show there's little appetite for a new referendum.


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