Quebec Liberals win majority over Parti Québécois as Marois steps down

Philippe Couillard’s Quebec Liberal party sailed to victory, winning a majority government in the provincial election that, five weeks ago, seemed destined to be won by the soveriegntist Parti Québécois.

Quebec’s rejection of the PQ extended to Marois herself, who lost her own seat to her Liberal rival.

The party’s decisive win is all the more significant given that the Liberals were booted from power just 18 months ago after years of damaging revelations that it had orchestrated illegal political financing schemes. Those revelations are subject of an ongoing police investigation by Quebec’s anti-corruption police force, something that Couillard’s opponents raised repeatedly throughout the campaign to little avail.

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