Pauline Marois: I believe election night shooter wanted to kill me

by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Quebec’s premier says she believes a gunman was trying to kill her on the night she was elected.

Pauline Marois told a television talk show that she initially didn’t realize what was happening in the chaos of the Sept. 4 shooting outside the Parti Quebecois victory rally.

She said it was only after she got home at the end of the night, while talking to her family, that she realized the shooter might have been aiming for her.

She said she now believes she was the target of a political assassination attempt.

“I believe it was an assassination attempt,” she said, using the French word, “attentat,” during an appearance on the Radio-Canada talk show “Tout le monde en parle.”

“I believe there was a political element to it.”

She referred to TV images of the suspected shooter, Richard Henry Bain, who shouted, “The English are waking up,” as he was arrested.

He is accused of shooting two people, and killing sound technician Denis Blanchette.

The shootings took place in back of the building, behind the stage where Marois was delivering her victory speech. A fire was also set outside the building.

Marois said on the talk show, which aired Sunday, that she left the stage, but came back because she wanted to calm the crowd.

She said she was afraid the crowd might panic, causing a stampede.

Marois had been whisked away by her security guards. She said the guards “weren’t very happy” with her decision to return to the stage to finish her speech.

She said that, at the event, she thought the shooter might have been randomly targeting people at the event. Marois explained that she later realized she might have been the intended target.

The Radio-Canada segment featured a wide-ranging discussion that touched on energy policy, tax hikes, and language.

In response to a question from the moderator, who asked whether Marois’ support for striking students earlier this year cost her a majority government she said, “Maybe.”

But she said she was being responsible by listening to the students and criticized the previous Liberal government for letting the social crisis fester.




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Pauline Marois: I believe election night shooter wanted to kill me

  1. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to deduce that Richard Bain did not go to a political rally to kill M. Blanchette, a sound technician. I would have preferred a story about how the friends and family of M. Blanchette are coping with this senseless death rather than an interview with Pauline Marois on how she coped with the incident.

  2. No one should be shot for views they express politically no matter how hateful.The unfortunate thing is that no one had the guts to charge Marois with hate speech in the run to the election as many comments made by her and her party rank ABOVE racisim but are,in fact incitement to hatred.Some proof is how some Montreal transit workers curse at those who speak English.One english speaking person was in fact assulted and beaten up by a ticket taker.I feel these events were incited by Marois racist statements and are,in effect,hate sppech.

    • I beg to differ. In some countries, treason could land you in front of a firing squad. I happen to believe Marois is traitor to Canada. If someone did shoot her, I would not cry over it, and would see it as a deterrent for the next racist separatist to consider before trying to pick up where she left off. I not not a hater usually, but i can’t stand this woman. She makes my blood boil.
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      • I should also mention that I am equally angry at Harper and the federal government for not stepping in long ago and protecting us English Quebecers who still have rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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