PQ, Marois crank up separatism talk

Separatism has been a topic of conversation for a half-century now, and the Parti Québécois say if they're re-elected in a widely anticipated spring vote, they fully intend to talk about it some more.

The topic came up Wednesday night at the PQ's caucus retreat in Trois-Rivières.

An election call is likely to come within weeks, and Marois suggests if the PQ is re-elected, it would present a "white paper" on the province's future — a document which would effectively sound out Quebecers on whether or not to hold a third referendum on independence.

This tactic is nothing new — it was used by PQ founder René Lévesque, and just before the 1995 referendum.

Marois, however, wouldn't commit to holding a new independence referendum, suggesting, as many of her predecessors have, that a vote needs to happen "at the appropriate moment" — in other words, when the PQ believes it can win one.

Liberal leader Philippe Couillard, meantime, is calling the PQ's white paper idea little more than a distraction.

"It's another way to shift people's attention away from the true reality of Quebec, which is a very weak economy, [and] public finances that are very badly managed,'' he said.

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  1. brian posted on 02/06/2014 04:11 PM
    Given that the Charter seems to be a religious based law,perhaps we need to pray that the Charter will never become law.
  2. Kari posted on 02/06/2014 04:17 PM
    Well, there you have it.
    This province is literally falling apart...................and she wants to talk separatism.
    Now we know WHY this province is falling apart, That is all that concerns her. Not the important issues, as we all well know by now.
    So so sad.
  3. Steven posted on 02/06/2014 04:27 PM
    How many times can you flog a dead horse ..
  4. clint posted on 02/06/2014 04:27 PM
    The PQ have found a way to govern without governing. Anything of economic importance is ignored or listed as needing "discussions"
    All talk no action !....there is your verbal attack you can use on Pauline &Co.
  5. meatplow posted on 02/06/2014 04:43 PM
    Is anyone surprised?.....PQ only prioritizes unimportant things....endless waiting time in ERs, falling concrete from old infrastructures and a crappy economy are not pressing issues but turbans english and separation are.....and the scary part is that quitet a few idiots might give them a majority ....we're all doomed if that will be the case...
    1. More BS posted on 02/06/2014 05:27 PM
      @meatplow Pq or not this province died 40 years ago but nobody told it . I feel sorry for the future francophones who will be stuck here and stuck with all the crap that was left for them to deal with.
    2. Really posted on 02/07/2014 11:18 AM
      @meatplow A majority of 34% is crazy! The 66% who don't believe in separation have to vote strategically. Make every vote count against them.
      That is why Pauline is Rallying the troops with this talk.
  6. Drew posted on 02/07/2014 12:22 AM
    The province is 7th place out of ten and she wants to talk separation. Another smoke screen to deflect the financial situation off this province. Lets side track the real problems
  7. ardee Norman posted on 02/07/2014 11:30 AM
    Thank you for using the correct term ;"Separatism" instead of sovereignity as the secessionist have conned up into using all these years.
    1. Tex posted on 02/08/2014 09:44 AM
      @ardee Norman Looking up info on union issues recently, I stumbled upon the 'Sovereignist Machine' itself. I found perhaps 30 associations and organisations that have Quebec sovereignty as a stated mission.

      Remember that in 1995, there was no internet as there is today. Now its a different wired and connected reality and unfortunately it is helping all these groups to network and reach out to everyone they can in Quebec.

      It would be a good idea for CJAD and other media to do an in-depth study of this 'machine'. I see no such network organised yet on the federalist side. We must get ready to counter this networks outreach.

      T.
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