Scottish trip "failure" says opposition

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 1/29/2013 3:07:00 PM

Pauline Marois and the Scottish first minister were never seen together in public during the premier's excursion in Edinburgh.

They met behind closed doors, held no joint press conference, and media never had the chance to snap a photo of the two together. (An official photograph, however, was released.)

Pauline Marois is denying speculation that Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, is trying to keep his distance from Quebec's sovereigntist cause.

"We don't establish the rules of parliament. Reporters can not enter the parliament," says Marois, though it is not clear why the two could not have met publicly at some other time.


Francois Legault from the CAQ says the premier's trip is backfiring. "It's a total failure," he says. "Of course she wanted to have nice pictures."

Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman doesn't buy Marois argument that parliamentary procedure kept the meeting out of the public eye.

"She's being rebuked by the people of Scotland and she's trying to find a nice way out of it," he says.

Both parties say Marois should have put more energy into the Quebec economy.

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  1. sorrybutwereallthinkingit posted on 01/29/2013 03:43 PM
    Epic Fail!

    Anglos over there want nothing to do with her either.
  2. JohnH- posted on 01/29/2013 03:58 PM
    Narrow minded little village mentality meets the real world. Best thing about her trip, she's not here.
  3. Bill posted on 01/29/2013 03:59 PM
    Why don't the opposition and the media demand that she pay for this trip herself.

    Roads are falling apart, we are the highest taxes jurisdiction in North America, and this is what she is spending our money on.
    1. Katherine posted on 01/31/2013 10:54 AM
      @Bill Because dear friend, the OPPOSITION party (LPQ) are a bunch of separatists themselves. They has "no problem" with Bill 101 so they will not revisit that dispicable law. Hmm really??!!?? The opposition parties both LPQ and CAQ will do absolutely bubkiss and Mme. Marois knows it that is why she is walking on air. The best thing to happen right now is for these morons to actually get their wish to separate and 10 - 15 years down the line allow the good old USofA to come in and swallow them up whole.
  4. LMAO posted on 01/29/2013 06:09 PM
    This is the visit as seen by the Scots

    Unlike previous visits from foreign government leaders no TV cameras were allowed to record the occasion. Instead, one picture was issued of the two leaders shaking hands.

    Mr Salmond's office explained this by saying the premier's meeting with the first minister was a simply a "courtesy" call.

    Wow that's got to hurt but I'm sure the that the Students will be getting ready to welcome her home.
  5. Cranky posted on 01/29/2013 07:00 PM
    Marois doing a good job at meeting her expectations which is to converse with the same level of meaningless players in the world.
  6. RNEMO posted on 01/29/2013 08:11 PM
    . . . then she went to Loch Ness to try and get some shots with the monster, but it was too frightened to appear in her presence. . .
  7. Umaga posted on 01/29/2013 11:10 PM
    Did antone really expect the opposition to say the trip was a resounding success ?
    1. LMAO posted on 01/30/2013 06:19 AM
      @Umaga I believe you are right in saying this but i do expect the PM to pay for her own vacations.
  8. ROGER posted on 01/30/2013 05:18 PM
    So, If I understand correctly, Quebec has said " NO " Twice & now Scotland has said " No " Can't she take a HINT!!!!
  9. Jules posted on 01/31/2013 07:57 AM
    Does this mean that Lisee is William Wallace ?
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