• 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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  • Philippe Couillard's Liberals have won a majority government in the province of Quebec.

    Liberal candidates were victorious in 70 ridings, compared to the Parti Quebecois in 30, the Coalition Avenir Quebec in 22 and the Quebec Solidaire in three.

    During his victory speech, Couillard struck a hopeful tone.

    "Tonight Quebec has won. All of Quebec has won by giving itself a stable government," he said.

    "Quebec now has a priority of economy and employment. Quebec has chosen union and openness.

    "My wish is that we find ourselves again. From everywhere in Quebec...we are all Quebecers."

    While Couillard, CAQ leader Fracois Legault and Quebec Solidaire leader Françoise David each won their respective seats, Marois lost hers in Charlevoix-Cote-de-Beaupre to Liberal Caroline Simard.

    During her concession speech, Marois announced her resignation as PQ leader.

    "Quebecers have spoken and we must respect this result," she said.

    "This evening, you'll understand that under the circumstances I will be

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  • Just hours before the polls close in Quebec, the 'what if' game has already begun.

    What if the PQ loses as the polls are predicting — can Pauline Marois stay on as party leader?

    What if the PQ are almost wiped-out — what happens to the sovereignty movement?

    What if there's another minority government, this time a Liberal minority government? How long before the next Quebec election?

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    That final question is probably one of the most intriguing and the most disconcerting for Quebecers.

    This election cost taxpayers approximately $88 million and has been one of the nastiest campaigns in recent memory. It's not something Quebecers want to go through again any time soon.

    But according to the Toronto Star's Chantal Hebert, Quebecers may have to. In her weekend column, she warns that a Philippe Couillard minority government could be as short-lived as Paul Martin's 2004 government.

    "A minority Liberal government

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  • Patrick Brazeau at the weigh-in for a charity boxing match against Liberal MP Justin Trudeau.

    Somehow, this seems like a good fit: Patrick Brazeau and professional wrestling.

    The embattled suspended senator has signed on to be a guest referee for a professional charity wrestling match featuring WWE legend The Honky Tonk Man.

    This YouTube video announcing the event, appeared online over the weekend with a scratched-up Brazeau talking about his character, his old job, the event and Justin Trudeau's f-bomb.

    Since being suspended from the Senate without pay, Brazeau's unconventional escapades have been widely publicized.

    Late last year he posted a brief synopsis of his CV on Twitter which actually helped him land a position as a journalist with Frank Magazine. The stint with the satirical publication lasted one month until the editor fired him for his "narcissistic ramblings."

    In February, it was learned that Brazeau became employed as a day manager at an Ottawa-area strip club.

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  • One month ago, the polls indicated that the Parti Quebecois was poised to win a majority government.

    On March 5, buoyed by those numbers, Pauline Marois met with her province's Lieutenant-Governor to dissolve the National Assembly and to call a general election.

    But on the eve of election day -- about 30 days later -- the polls tell a very different story.

    It's now expected that Philippe Couillard's Liberals will form government. Some of the observers are even predicting that Marois will be forced to resign as PQ leader, as early as Monday evening.

    So if we believe the polls, what went wrong?

    1. Pierre Karl Peladeau:

    Most now agree that the turning point in this election campaign was the candidacy of media mogul Pierre Karl Peladeau.

    His candidacy divided the PQ with some questioning how a left-leaning party could welcome PKP — historically, a union-bashing businessman. One pundit suggested it was akin to Conrad Black joining the federal NDP.

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  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau taking questions from reporters.

    Two new opinion polls this week provide the Harper Conservatives with some good news and some bad news.

    Let's start with the good news.

    According to Nanos Research's weekly brand rankings, more and more Canadians are picking Stephen Harper as their number one choice for prime minister.

    "For the fourth week in succession, the percentage of Canadians that rank Harper as their first choice for Prime Minister has risen. For the first time since January 18, 2014, Harper has numerically surpassed Trudeau on this measure although the numbers remain tight on the preferred PM tracking," pollster Nik Nanos wrote as part of an email release.

    "Thirty percent of Canadians said that Harper was their first choice as PM, compared to 28 percent for Trudeau and 18 percent for Mulcair. Harper on the PM tracking is up five points in the last four weeks. While Trudeau has been trending downward on this measure over the same period."

    Perhaps Harper's leadership on the Ukraine file has something to do with

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  • MP Eve Adams with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    Conservative MP Eve Adams believes that she's being "pilloried in the media."

    In a series of media interviews on Thursday, the much-maligned Member of Parliament for Mississauga-South Brampton defended herself over allegations that she was bulldozing her way through a nomination process in the new riding of Oakville North Burlington.

    Specifically, Adams was responding to a letter by Oakville North Burlington riding association president Mark Fedak, who accused Adams of verbally abusing volunteers, telling a local contractor not to work with the local riding association, using taxpayer money to mail leaflets in Oakville — a riding that she currently doesn't represent — and using the Conservative Party database to access information about board members.

    "All Conservative members of Parliament were provided with CIMS access to the riding that they will be running in, to the riding that was approved they will be running in, in 2015, and that’s been the case for a number of months," Adams

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  • Former auditor general Sheila Fraser has joined the voices in opposition of the Fair Elections Act.

    Another day, another prominent voice is speaking out against the Conservative Party's Fair Elections Act.

    The Fair Elections Act — Bil C-23 — will, among other things, raise the limits on political donations, impose tougher penalties on those who break election rules, separate the administration of elections from the enforcement of election law, reduce Elections Canada's public information activities and eliminate 'vouching' for voters who lack proper identification at the ballot box.

    The last two measures have generated intense criticism from the opposition parties, the Assembly of First Nations, Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand, former federal chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley and chief electoral officers in British Columbia, Ontario and the Northwest Territories.

    On Thursday, it was former Auditor General Sheila Fraser's turn to attack the bill, suggesting that it could disenfranchise thousands of voters.

    "Elections are the base of our democracy and if we do

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  • A CTV report suggests Stephen Harper is under increasing pressure to strip Eve Adams of her Parliamentary Secretary role and to bar her from seeking the Tory nomination in Oakville.

    While Jason MacDonald the prime minister's communications director says punishing Adams is not in the cards, you have to wonder if that's the next step in this sordid affair that some are dubbing "love-gate."

    Adams, the current MP for Mississauga Brampton and the Parliamentary Secretary to the health minister, is aggressively seeking the Conservative Party nomination in Oakville North-Burlington where she now lives.

    Earlier this week, her fiance — Dimitri Soudas — was fired as the party's executive director for interfering in her nomination race.

    Dimitri Soudas, left, and fiance Eve Adams.And on Wednesday, there was a leaked letter from the Conservative Party's Oakville riding president to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, slamming Adams' and her behaviour.

    "It is with heavy heart that I fell I must write you directly with regard to recent actions

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  • Who is going to win the Quebec election?

    That's going to be the topic of an endless number of columns, political TV panels and radio talk shows over the next week.

    With just five days left in the campaign, the pollsters are suggesting that Philippe Couillard's Liberals are poised to reclaim the National Assembly. A new Forum Research poll, released on Tuesday, pegs the Liberals at 41 per cent in popular support, the Parti Quebecois at 29 per cent and the Coalition Avenir Quebec at 19 per cent.

    If you're pulling for Couillard, don't get too excited — not just yet.

    You'll recall that just days before the 2012 election, Forum predicted a "comfortable majority" for the PQ.

    In their final sampling before that election, they had the PQ at 36 per cent, the Liberals at 29 per cent and the CAQ at 25 per cent. The actual results were 31.9 per cent for the PQ, 31.2 per cent for the Liberals and 27.1 per cent for the CAQ.

    To be fair to Forum, they weren't the only ones to get it wrong.

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