Pauline Marois has become the first woman to be premier of Quebec, Jean Charest lost in his riding of Sherbrooke, for the first time in his 28-year career, and former student leader Léo Bureau-Blouin won in the riding of Laval-des-Rapides, becoming the youngest-ever member of the national assembly at age 21.
Quebec Liberal Leader Jean Charest speaks to reporters during a news conference Thursday in Montreal. Ryan Remiorz
Outgoing Liberal Leader Jean Charest, lost his fight for his riding of Sherbrooke to Serge Cardin of Parti Québécois on Tuesday night. This is the first time in his 28-year career Mr. Charest will not be a sitting as a lawmaker.
Read more about the impact Mr. Charest has had on Quebec and Canada over the course of his career here. And for a multimedia timeline of Quebec's political history click here.
PQ leader Pauline Marois delivers a speech before the Montreal Board of Trade Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in Montreal. Paul Chiasson
Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois is Quebec’s first female premier. Ms. Marois easily won her seat in the riding of Charlevoix-Cote-de-Beaupre on Tuesday night. “I’ve been preparing for this moment for thirty years,” Ms. Marois said earlier in the day after casting her vote.
Read more about what Ms. Marois's victory means for her, the province and the rest of Canada here.
Coalition Avenir Quebec leader Francois Legault speaks to reporters during an election campaign stop in Becancour, Que., Sunday September 2, 2012. Graham Hughes
Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault won his riding of L’Assomption on Tuesday night. His party finished in third place, in large part due to a poor showing in the suburban ridings near Montreal.
You can find analysis of Mr. Legault's and CAQ's third-place finish here.
Leo Bureau-Blouin, left, president of the college student union FEUQ, speaks at a news conference about the conflict between students and the Quebec government over tuition hikes on May 16, 2012. Jacques Boissinot
The former leader of the student protests that plagued Quebec earlier this year, Léo Bureau-Blouin joined with Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois in June, running in the riding of Laval-des-Rapides. Bureau-Blouin won his seat on Tuesday night, becoming the youngest-ever member of the national assembly, at age 21.
Read John Ibbitson's take on what a Parti Québécois victory means for Stephen Harper here.
Jacques Duchesneau , Coalition Avenir Quebec candidate, speaks at a news conference announcing his candidacy during an election campaign stop in Saint-Jerome, Que., on Aug. 5, 2012. Graham Hughes
The CAQ’s Jacques Duchesneau, a former anti-corruption crusader, was elected in his first stab for a provincial seat.
Quebec Solidaire co-leader Françoise David casts her vote in Montreal on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Paul Chiasson
Françoise David, a spokesperson for Québec Solidair won one of two seats for the separatist party in the riding of Gouin. Her colleague, incumbent Amir Khadir won the other seat. Ms. David benefited from the exposure she received during televised debates.
Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) party candidate Gaétan Barrette (R) answers questions from the media as leader Francois Legault looks on during a campaign stop in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, August 29, 2012. Christinne Muschi
CAQ candidate Gaétan Barrette lost the riding of Terrebonne.