She gambled, and she lost. And in the face of defeat, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced that she will resign as Parti Quebecois leader following a crushing election defeat which saw the Liberals win a majority government.
To add insult to injury, Quebec's first female premier couldn't even retain her seat in the riding of Charlevoix-Cote-de-Beaupre.
"This evening, you'll understand that under the circumstances I will be leaving my post," she told a subdued crowd in Montreal.
The early analysis is that Marois led a horrible campaign full of missteps and unfocused messaging, which included a lot of talk about a referendum that many Quebecers clearly weren't interested in.
In Marois' defence, she can't be blamed for her star-candidate Pierre Karl Peledeau proclaiming that he wanted an independent Quebec (Incidentally, PKP won his seat).
But she can and must be blamed for her outlandish musings about sovereignty.
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