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Surprising takeaways from Quebec’s vote

By Chantal Hébert       

From Legault’s determination to override the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, if need be, to impose a secular dress code on public sector employees such as teachers, judges and police officers, to the CAQ’s controversial plan to oust immigrants who fail a French fluency test after three years, there will not be a lack of irritants between Quebec and Ottawa.

Notwithstanding Francois Legault’s past sovereigntist credentials, he is beholden for his majority mandate to federalist supporters, writes columnist Chantal Hébert. Photograph courtesy of Instagram

To fully measure the electoral earthquake that left Quebec’s once-dominant parties in shambles on Monday, consider that 84 of the 125 members of the new national assembly ran under the banner of parties that did not even exist a bit more than a decade ago, let alone at the time of the 1995 referendum.

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