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Coalition Avenir Quebec wins majority government; PQ loses party status

MONTREAL — Quebecers charted a new course for their province Monday by giving the seven-year-old Coalition Avenir Quebec a majority mandate in an election result that could create waves beyond its borders.

Quebec, Canada’s second most-populous province, has joined the even bigger province of Ontario in voting for change following about 15 years of Liberal governments. There’s also more potential for conflict between Quebec and the federal Liberals.

On its path to victory Monday, the right-leaning Coalition shattered nearly a half-century of two-party political rule in Quebec with a majority government that will redraw the province’s electoral map.

The party was elected or leading in 74 of the province’s 125 ridings, compared with 32 for the incumbent Liberals.

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