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Update: The separatists win more seats, but no majority. In Tuesday's elections to the Quebec provincial assembly, the separatist Parti Quebecois, led by veteran politician Pauline Marois, won 54 of the assembly's 125 seats -- a gain of seven, but not a majority. Since it is unlikely that Quebec's other major parties, including Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives, the Liberal Party or Coalition Avenir Quebec, would vote with the PQ for independence, Ms. Marois' party is likely to remain blocked in its desire for separation.
How estate was built on public, farm landsAs Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois steels herself for Monday's Charlevoix by-election, she can take comfort in the fact that, win or lose, she can always retreat to the comforts of her multimillion-dollar private estate that sits on agricultural land, part of which is owned by the Quebec government.
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Pauline Marois - support for studentsIn 1996, the government, through Education Minister Pauline Marois, attempted to implement a 30% tuition fee increase. On October 24th 1996, a student strike began numbering roughly 100.000 students; by November 18th 1996 a tuition freeze was reinstated.
A decision by Pauline Marois to quit wearing the red square symbol of the student protest movement was met with a shrug at the nightly anti-tuition increase demonstration in Montreal Wednesday night.
"It doesn't surprise me that Pauline Marois decided to stop wearing the red square because it wasn't real support for the students," said Francis Piche, a junior college student. "The only reason she was opposing the tuition fee increase was because the Liberals were doing it but a Pequiste government wanted to do it too."
Parti Quebecois takes aim at language laws, overweight people
A separate Quebec wouldn't win many Olympic medals
Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois acknowledged the four medals - all bronze - that Canada had won to that point at the London 2012 Olympics, and pointed out something that was pretty obvious - that all of those medals were won by Quebecers.
She used that fact to score some sovereigntist points on the eve of Premier Jean Charest calling a provincial election for Sept. 4.
Marois called the medal count "another example of how Quebec could certainly shine among the brightest - As an independent country, we could continue to win our medals, I'm convinced of that."
Quebec athletes who won those four bronze medals - if not all - expressed how much it means for them to compete for Canada. Their message was clear - they are proud Canadians as well as Quebecers. Marois assumes that all of those carded, internationally ranked Quebec athletes would stay in la belle province. That's a false assumption. After all, the money sent to carded Canadian athletes by Canadian taxpayers would dry up should Quebec become a separate nation.
Pauline Marois: in Quebec we live in French, we work in French, we communicate in French