Her final words as premier were heavy with emotion. At one point, Pauline Marois asked for a tissue as she sniffled through much of her fairwell address.
"It will soon be seven years since...since I left my garden..." she began, and then broke down, unable to go on.
"I've read this 20 times and still can't get through it," she said.
Marois listed her accomplishments as Quebec's first female premier and through her 30 years in politics.
"As a young woman I dreamed of changing the world. Today, I humbly permit myself to think that I contributed thanks to you."
Saying she "regrets nothing" and is leaving office with a feeling of a duty accomplished, She also spent some of her last words to call on Quebecers to protect their language and identity.
"I call on you to continue to stand up and with your head high to protect what you hold close to your heart," she told them.
On her party's Charter of Values, she said the question of the equality between men and women still hasn't been settled and the discussion must continue.
And, she said the sovereignty movement would carry on. "I don't know when. I don't know how. But one thing I know. We would be in a better situation if Quebec were independent."
She refused reporters' questions about what might have caused voters to turn away from her party, or where the PQ should go from here.
"I will not comment on the political situation, except to delight in the fact that I leave a party in good health and I'm proud to have run it for so many years," were her parting words, followed by the applause of her staff and team members.