- Election day began with business as usual and Canadians tweeting their general enthusiasm (and sometimes lack thereof) for the evening's results.
- And then... victory!
Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois -- now Quebec premier-elect -- is the first woman premier in Quebec. She won 55 seats, short of the 63 seats needed for a majority in the 125-seat National Assembly.
- The celebrations didn't last long before the shooting began...
- A 62-year-old man armed with an assault rifle and a handgun opened fire in a vestibule outside the hall. One person was killed and another injured, police said.
- Photo credit: La Presse
- After being quickly apprehended by Montreal police, the man wearing a bathrobe and a balaclava, was heard shouting “the anglos are waking up” in French with an English accent. “There’s going to be f-ing payback. It’s enough. Wanna make trouble.”
Instead of rushing into the main hall, the attacker then paused to start a fire. A door to the venue erupted after being doused with accelerant, just metres from where Marois spoke.
- Although the shooting quickly turned the spotlight elsewhere, Twitterers still pondered over the night's results and #qcelection continued to trend on Twitter.