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Coalition party wins majority in Quebec

MONTREAL—Quebecers charted a new course for their province yesterday 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.

Province opts to halt minimum wage hike

TORONTO—Ontario's Progressive Conservative government said it will halt a planned increase to minimum wage that was scheduled to kick in next year, following up on a promise made during the spring election campaign.

Labour minister Laurie Scott said yesterday the minimum wage will remain at $14 an hour rather than rising to $15 as planned by the previous Liberal government.