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Corruption scandal allegations hang over swearing-in of Quebec Liberals

QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Reports that Quebec's anti-corruption police squad is investigating an elected Liberal member of the legislature cast a shadow over the swearing-in ceremony for the 70 party candidates who were successful in last week's election. Premier-designate Philippe Couillard questioned the accuracy of the Radio-Canada news reports, saying there is "no evidence" the information is accurate. He said he did not know the name of the member in question when pressed by reporters.

Marois has no regrets as she says goodbye after election defeat

QUEBEC - Pauline Marois bid a tearful goodbye to politics on Wednesday, saying she has no regrets and that Quebecers will always fight to get a country. In a political career that spanned more than 30 years, Marois held various cabinet positions before becoming premier in 2012 with a minority Parti Quebecois government. Her stewardship of the province as Quebec's first female premier would last just 18 months. On Wednesday, she met with incoming premier Philippe Couillard, whose Liberals romped to victory in last week's election with 70 of the province's 125 seats.

Marois has no regrets as she says goodbye after election defeat

QUEBEC - Pauline Marois says she has no regrets about anything as she bids farewell to a political career that spanned more than 30 years. The outgoing Quebec premier says she is very proud of her government's accomplishments between the fall of 2012 and the crushing election defeat last week that prompted her political departure. An emotional Marois had to wipe away tears and ask someone for a tissue today as she read a statement and answered questions after a private meeting with incoming premier Philippe Couillard.

High river levels force evacuations in several Quebec communities

MONTREAL - Several rivers have overflowed their banks in Quebec, forcing evacuations in multiple locations. A seniors' residence has been evacuated because of flooding of the Sainte- Anne River in Saint-Raymond, northwest of Quebec City. The same area was flooded twice in 2012, forcing 700 people from their homes. In Quebec City, authorities say the water levels of several rivers have reached crisis level and an emergency preparedness plan has been activated. Some 30 homes have been evacuated along the Montmorency River.

High river levels force evacuations in several Quebec communities

SHERBROOKE, Que. - Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes in Sherbrooke, Que., as the Saint-Francois River continues to swell. Officials say the river has now reached 7.3 meters, much higher than its normal level of 1.8 meters. They say that's prompted a third evacuation of more than 400 people. Officials had initially evacuated 30 people living near the river, then another 100. Several rivers have overflowed their banks in the province, forcing evacuations in multiple locations.

PQ member Gendron holds record for longest service in Quebec legislature

QUEBEC - Parti Quebecois member Francois Gendron made Quebec political history on Tuesday, becoming the longest-serving member of the province's legislature. Gendron, who represents Abitibi-Ouest riding, broke the record of former Liberal cabinet minister Gerard D. Levesque, who served as the member for Bonaventure riding from 1956 to 1993. According to figures supplied by the national assembly, Gendron has served for 13,665 days — so far one more than Levesque.

Mulcair plans to ask Tory MPs to vote against Harper govt's Fair Elections Act

TORONTO - The New Democrats are targeting Conservative MPs in their latest attempt to stop the Harper government's controversial proposed overhaul of election laws. The opposition party announced a plan Tuesday to publicly approach certain Tories over the coming days to convince them to vote against the Fair Elections Act — which NDP Leader Tom Mulcair described as an attempt by the prime minister to "roll the dice in his favour for the next campaign."

Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau to attend Flaherty's state funeral Wednesday in Toronto

OTTAWA - Parliamentarians and political VIPs are preparing to head to Toronto this week to attend Jim Flaherty's state funeral at a downtown Roman Catholic cathedral. The former finance minister died suddenly last week of an apparent heart attack in his Ottawa home. His unexpected passing has left Ottawa reeling in an outpouring of grief that has cut across party lines. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be among those at St. James Cathedral on Wednesday, along with a roster of Conservative cabinet ministers.

Mulcair takes aim at Fair Elections Act as party gears up for next election

HALIFAX - NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says with 18 months to go before the next election, he's focusing his party's sights on the federal government's Election Act overhaul, saying the hotly debated legislation should receive more scrutiny because it could undermine the rules of democracy. Mulcair, in Halifax on Saturday for a provincial NDP convention, said the governing Conservatives are more interested in restricting the right to vote than giving people something to vote for.

Thomas Mulcair says focus of next election will be the Fair Elections Act

HALIFAX - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says with an election 18 months away, he's focusing on the federal government's election act overhaul. He says the hotly debated legislation should be the focus of the next campaign because it could undermine the rules of democracy. Mulcair says the governing Conservatives are more interested in restricting the right to vote than than giving people something to vote for.
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