Pauline Marois is bundled of stage
Another day another shooting, this time in Canada. In Montreal Pauline Marois, the leader of Parti Quebecois (PQ), an advocate for separatist regions, was addressing her supporters when shots rang out. A 50-year-old man entered the Theatre where she was speaking, dressed reportedly in a bath robe. Under the robe he was said to be wearing black clothes. He was carrying a rifle.
Ms Marois was making her acceptance speech after winning the election. The gunman opened fire at the back of the Theatre killing one person and injuring another. He randomly fired shots as police tried to apprehend him, terrifying those in the audience.
Marois advocates a free Quebec with its own sovereignty. As yet the gunman's motives are not clear. Was he there to assassinate Marois? What it more of a domestic incident? Was he incensed at the election result? Did he fear separatist views? Was he just another madman?
It does seem that he had some political motives. As the gunman was being hauled away by police officers he was heard shouting "The English are waking up!" He was shouting in French.
Although Marois and her Party believe in the sovereignty of Quebec it is generally believed that they will not fully go down this route, taking Quebec away from the rest of Canada. In time of course they might.
According to news reports, "The PQ won 54 of the 125 seats in the provincial legislature, ending nine years of rule by the Liberals. Previous PQ governments held independence referendums in 1980 and 1995, but both failed."
Marois was hastily removed from the stage when the shots rang out. She may have been the target when all is said and done. She returned once the situation was under control and asked her supporters to leave peacefully.
OPINION: The UK is sadly becoming no stranger to gun related crime but thankfully as yet not to the extent of the USA. Even accepting that the US is a much larger country does not offer an explanation. It has to be the easy access to guns which is playing a part. What went wrong in Montreal at the PQ meeting remains to be seen.
Elections are proving to be a mixed bag lately. Currently it is all people have to express their views. Democracy as we know is not perfect. The rule of the Gun though must not be allowed.