Last night Quebec elected its first female Premier. Pauline Marois now has the opportunity to create the changes she envisions for the province – including the possibility of a referendum.
But more than that changed in the early hours of the morning.
Marois was rushed off stage in mid-speech, one man was declared dead at the scene and another was taken away by police yelling nonsense about language rights.
Last night a man killed because he doesn’t believe in the PQ’s political stance, and that changes Canada for me. We don’t do that here. Not in my Canada. We rant and we rave, we protest, some of us blog, some of us run for office or help those that do.
We don’t use guns to make a point here.
This is not the first time it’s happened – Thomas D’Arcy McGee was assassinated, the FLQ crisis involved a murder, we have had school shootings, the massacre at École Polytechnique.
But this seems different somehow. More specific. More to the point.
It feels dangerous and wrong and it frightens me.
Suggested Reading: Stephen Maher: Two shot, one dead at PQ victory party