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Quebec Liberal Party Leader Jean Charest, centre, walks with candidates, on his way to his office following a news conference Tuesday, August 14, 2012 in Quebec City. (Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Quebec Liberal Party Leader Jean Charest, centre, walks with candidates, on his way to his office following a news conference Tuesday, August 14, 2012 in Quebec City. (Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Charest photo-op knocked off course by wily protesters Add to ...

It only took a pair of protestors to knock Jean Charest’s planned photo-op off course this morning.

The Quebec Liberal Leader’s staff had convened journalists to a photo session with his Quebec City MNAs on a street corner just behind the National Assembly. But two demonstrators – a woman and a teenage boy unfurled a large red square, the symbol of Quebec’s student protests. “Mr. Charest,” the woman called loudly. “Yoo hoo, Mr. Charest.”

Mr. Charest, walking towards the cameras, but spotting the pair, said a brisk “Bonjour, Madame” but veered away towards the entrance of the Capital Observatory, where he was to hold his press conference. The pair followed, calling out his name from about 20 yards behind. Mr. Charest’s team arranged pictures at the top of the 31-story observatory, with the Liberal leader and local MPs peeking out at the view.

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