MONTREAL - Quebecers will vote in a provincial election on Monday. Here is a sketch of Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois.
Born: March 29, 1949, in Quebec City.
Education: Bachelor's degree in social services from Universite Laval; master's in business administration from l'Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales in Montreal.
Professional career: Social services administrator, 1971-79; political attache for PQ, 1978-79; university professor, 1988.
Political career: First elected to legislature, 1981; named to cabinet as minister for status of women, 1982; lost PQ leadership race to Pierre Marc Johnson, 1985; served in various senior cabinet positions in PQ governments, 1994-2003, including finance (1995-1996, 2001-2002), health (1998-2001); deputy premier (2001-2003); lost PQ leadership race to Andre Boisclair, 2005; acclaimed as PQ leader, 2007; became leader of Official Opposition after 2008 provincial election; elected premier, September 2012.
Personal: Married to Claude Blanchet, former head of Quebec government's investment arm. They have four children.
Quote: "I'm very satisfied with the game plan we have put forth. What concerns me, on the other hand, is returning to the old ways under the Liberals." — Marois on her campaign before the first televised debate.