Marois denounces federal budget; calls Ottawa a "real predator"

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois is expressing outrage at the federal budget and is accusing Ottawa of acting like a "real predator.''

Marois is particularly incensed with Ottawa's insistence it will enforce the Canada Job Grant in just six weeks — with or without the co-operation of all provinces and territories.

She made the comments at the National Assembly this morning.

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty responded immediately, saying in Ottawa it is not up to the provinces to tell the federal government how to spend federal money.

Flaherty says provinces have their own taxation powers and can raise their own taxes.

He is also denying allegations he is trying to involve Quebec in confrontation.

Marois blamed Ottawa for squandering money on measures that are provincial responsibilities. She said the federal government doesn't even have any institutions to manage resources destined for manpower training.

Marois also cast aspersions on the good faith of Denis Lebel, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Quebec lieutenant, who has said he wants to have discussions with the provinces.

She said Lebel, far from wanting to negotiate, is seeking to impose a federal vision on the province.

The Quebec premier also denounced a federal research fund that she complains allows for an overlapping by Ottawa in higher education, a provincial jurisdiction.

She said that instead of doubling up responsibilities, it would be more useful if Ottawa sent a cheque to the provinces.

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  1. GT posted on 02/12/2014 12:29 PM
    If the federal budget was predatory federalism, would this mean that charter of intolerance is predatory religious interference? Is the language law, predatory state control over freedom of speech? Queen Marois, I suggest you get in your helicopter and Flock off like the birds!
  2. J.L posted on 02/12/2014 12:31 PM
    speaking of budgets...
  3. First Up Jack. posted on 02/12/2014 12:45 PM
    Here we see again the PQ rhetoric on employment. Cut us a check. Anglos's have been so mistreated in this province with it comes to jobs. In trades countless lives of wasted time of those who have tried to get their certification. To watch only their crooked other get the card. It is time time the feds step in. Overlap, so be it. These PQ need to play fair. But instead they think every thing is for them. Look at Scotland. England says separate but they can not use their pound as currency. We need to be tuff with their notion of things. And protect Canadians who are in Quebec. Out with the radical thinkers like Pauline Marois.
  4. Realist posted on 02/12/2014 12:57 PM
    When it comes to doubling up responsibilities and wasting money, Quebec has no right to talk. There are delegations around the world as well as trade bureaus. Quebec continues to act as if it were not part of Canada.

    As for federal research funding, researchers need as many streams of funding as possible to make progress, Mme. Marois wants to be able to stiffle discenent in the resarch community by being the only one to hold the purse strings.
  5. vic posted on 02/12/2014 01:02 PM
    Well if we leave it to the PQ they will spend everything on values charters and language police. Marois and gang have done a poor job and the province has effectively been going in reverse instead of forward like the rest of Canada with their economic recovery. Don't forget to vote them out next election and do not get distracted by the smoke and mirrors they use to hide their ineptitude.
  6. clint posted on 02/12/2014 01:08 PM
    LOL...Pauline ! ...how does it feel to have your own tactics used against you?
    "it would be more useful if Ottawa sent a cheque to the provinces"
    Those days are gone.
    This must be a great budget if the PQ say it's bad
  7. Nica posted on 02/12/2014 01:09 PM
    "...it would be more useful if Ottawa sent a cheque to the provinces."

    You would think that for someone with such deep-rooted convictions, she'd have a real problem taking anything from Ottawa.

    Her true colors shine brighter each and every day.
  8. Eric Tremblay posted on 02/12/2014 01:26 PM
    Yes, we ask the QC gvt. that instead of telling us what language to speak and harass the quebecois, to just send us a cheque.
  9. Gerry posted on 02/12/2014 01:56 PM
    This is a game and nothing more. The Federal government makes a move and the PQ cries that they are being oppressed. Everyone knew this would be Marois' reaction. If Canada had offered an additional 5 billion to Quebec, she would have complained that it wasn't enough.
  10. Eric posted on 02/12/2014 02:37 PM
    This is the reason of the Federal Government. Consistency across the country. I feel provinces have to much control over national concerns such as like health care. There has to be a standard!
  11. Barbara posted on 02/12/2014 02:56 PM
    I see she didn't complain about using my tax money to fix her bridges!!
  12. Cecil Mac Rae posted on 02/12/2014 02:57 PM
    And where is her budget????

    There is a fine line as to whether it is legal fo her to try to go to the poles with out one .

    Interim budget is not good enough .

    When she loses the incoming government will see where they are in such a mess .
  13. Kat posted on 02/12/2014 03:13 PM
    Why is she complaining? This budget may be boring but in one budget it probably has done more for Quebecers than the PQ government has done in the last 14 months.
  14. ROSANNE posted on 02/12/2014 03:14 PM
    Really - this coming from the woman who's promising Quebecer's she will do this & this but where is the money coming from - did we win some kind of secret lottery??? She's afraid to table a budget for it will kill her chances of winning a majority government!!!!! I hope she goes down hard to the point that the separatists finally realize what she's all about.
    1. mp posted on 02/13/2014 09:50 AM
      @ROSANNE The monies are coming from the Casinos..lotteries etc. Did you win lately?
  15. Kari posted on 02/12/2014 03:18 PM
    Although she wants to separate from Canada, OF COURSE she would accept a cheque from Ottawa. Thats when its GOOD to be part of Canada.
    Unbelievable.
  16. Dar posted on 02/12/2014 03:49 PM
    Your kidding right ? " predator ?" And how much money does Ottawa give this MOOCH ??????

    The real predator is Marois screwing with the minds of quebecers
  17. I love it posted on 02/12/2014 05:58 PM
    The women and the pq can't stop their own squandering of money but she feels she has a right to criticize someone else. The pq have been in power since Aug 2012 and have not added any credible value to QC, in fact the only situations they can take credit for is the increased financial debt and social tensions.
    Some cheese with that whine Marois?
  18. Sam posted on 02/15/2014 12:26 PM
    REALLY. If there were to be a nation wide referendum asking the simple question: "would you like national universal health care with national standards of quality or would you prefer the current provincial administration of health care?" how do you think Quebecers would vote? What about Montrealers ?
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