What Quebec's election results mean for identity, culture

After a raucous campaign, Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard is the province's new premiere. (Jacques Boissinot/CP)


Voters delivered a stunning upset last night in Quebec, handing a resounding majority to Philippe Couillad's initially lagging Liberal party, while ushering out the Parti Quebecois and its leader, Pauline Marois.

The result is already being interpreted by many analysts as a repudiation of Quebec's sovereignty movement, and the PQ's proposal for a Charter of Values that would forbid civil servants from wearing conspicuous religious symbols to work. The province's changing culture and identity, however, remains on the table.

On the heels of this divisive election period, Jian seeks insight from two longtime Quebec cultural observers: Brendan Kelly, arts reporter at the Montreal Gazette and author of the paper's Showbiz Chez Nous blog, as well as Marc Cassivi, an arts journalist and columnist with La Presse.

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