The 2012 Provincial Election in Quebec

Éric Bélanger, Eva Falk Pedersen


The 2012 provincial election in Quebec marked a change in government, and the election of Quebec’s first woman as Premier. The campaign was held in a dramatic context characterized by nearly three years of allegations of corruption, the apparent decline of the sovereignty movement, and the events of the famous “maple spring” which pitted students against the Liberal government on the issue of tuition fee hikes. Two significant new political parties, the Coalition Avenir Québec and Option Nationale, also took part in this election. The outcome was a minority government led by Pauline Marois’ Parti Québécois, with stronger than expected support for the incumbent Liberal Party of Quebec who finished second with only four seats less than the PQ.


Quebec; election

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@Canadian Political Science Review (CPSR). ISSN 1911-4125