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Updated: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:41:58 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Quebec election 2014: Is sovereignty dead?



A Parti Quebecois supporter reacts as he watches early election results at the party's reception Monday, April 7, 2014, in Montreal. The Liberal Party won Quebec's legislative elections Monday, in a crushing defeat for the main separatist party and major setback for the cause of independence in the French-speaking province. Official results showed the Liberals, staunch supporters of Canadian unity, won or were leading the race in about 75 of the of National Assembly's 125 seats, outstripping the separatist Parti Quebecois. (© AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

A Parti Quebecois supporter reacts as he watches early election results at the party's reception Monday, April 7, 2014, in Montreal. The Liberal Party won Quebec's legislative elections Monday, in a crushing defeat for the main separatist party and major setback for the cause of independence in the French-speaking province. Official results showed the Liberals, staunch supporters of Canadian unity, won or were leading the race in about 75 of the of National Assembly's 125 seats, outstripping the separatist Parti Quebecois. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz) The Associated Press

Is Quebec separatism dead? CBC's At Issue panel — Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Bruce Anderson — agree that it's barely breathing.

"It's probably the most crushing blow to the sovereignty movement and the Parti Québécois since they lost the first referendum in 1980 by a margin of 60-40," Hébert told CBC's chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge in the wake of the PQ's historic defeat Monday night.

Coyne noted that the Parti Québécois's popular vote total was its worst showing ever, while Anderson said it's the coolest the province has ever been toward the idea of separatism.

To hear the panel discuss outgoing Quebec Premier Pauline Marois's legacy, the role of the 'values' charter and the future of the Parti Québécois, click the video at the top of the page.

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