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A unnamed 62-year-old man is in Montreal police custody following the fatal election night shooting in Canada’s French-speaking province of Quebec.

The suspect opened fire at a post election rally for the victorious separatist Parti Quebecois, killing one man and injuring another.

The unnamed man entered through the back door of Montreal’s Metropolis theatre carrying a rifle and a handgun.

He opened fire just as Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois was about to begin a speech; her bodyguards rushed from the stage as the shots were fired.

Parti Quebecois want to pass new laws to secure the dominance of the French language, but it is unclear whether a referendum on independence from Canada will be held.

The victory ends the Liberal party’s nine-year rule in Quebec.

The now-former premier Jean Charest argued a separatist victory would be bad news for the economy.

But it is a message that even failed to resonate with his constituents: Charest lost his seat in Quebec’s parliament to a Parti Quebecois candidate.

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