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Québec Solidaire vote may be more than a sign of youthful rebellion

By Andrew Caddell      

As conservative governments take hold in other provinces, the election results in Quebec may be a harbinger of things to come elsewhere, and may prove to be a major challenge for the Trudeau Liberals in 2019.

The Québec Solidaire in this month’s election had many candidates, like co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, pictured, who were under 30, and had been involved in the “Printemps Erable” student protests in 2012 in the province. Photograph courtesy of Ben Powless

KAMOURASKA, QUE.—The young woman who serves me my croissants and brioches at the local bakery surprised me today when she revealed she has an accounting degree from Université de Montréal and used to work for a heavy-equipment company. When the bakery closes for the season, she will do the books for the restaurant next door. When I asked why she chose to come here to work in a bakery, rather than make a living as a professional in Montreal, she replied she was tired of the rat race in the city and needed a change.

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