PQ premier condemned for reaction to Canada's hockey win

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Pauline Marois is being called "mean-spirited," "petty" and "disgusting" for the declaration issued by her office following yesterday's Olympic hockey win.

The Quebec premier's office said she was "happy to congratulate the men's hockey team for this gold medal," but nowhere in her statement does she say which country the athletes had been playing for, or mention the word "Canada."

"I think it's the first time in Olympic history that a leader can not exactly say which country won the gold medal," says the CAQ's Gerald Deltell.

He's accusing the premier of putting a sovereignist stamp on a declaration that would normally be made on behalf of all Quebecers.

"When you are premier, you are premier of all Quebecois. Federalist or sovereignist," says Deltell.

"It's small, petty and miserable," he says.

The premier's office says it has no reaction to the criticism.

The original statement also specifically congratulates four of Quebec's players by name, without mentioning that they come from Quebec.

The premier's press release, translated into English:

The premier of Quebec, Pauline Marois, and the minister for Education, Leisure and Sport, Marie Malavoy, are happy to congratulate the men's hockey team for this gold medal obtained today.

"I am issuing my most sincere congratulations to the men's hockey team, which has won a gold medal at the Olympic games in Sotchi. Marc-Édouard Vlasic, Patrice Bergeron, Roberto Luongo and Martin St-Louis, notably, can be proud of their performances. This medal is a joy to their numerous fans!" the premier declared.

"High-level athletes play an important role in the transmission of values such as the importance to lead an active life. The admiration they provoke draws numerous young people along their trajectory. Therefore, we have more than one reason to applaud and pay tribute to them," declared minister Malavoy.

For more information on Quebec athletes who participated in the Olympic winter games in Sochi, visit sportcom.qc.ca

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  1. More BS posted on 02/24/2014 04:05 PM
    To the pq being ignorant is a life time commitment . Like children in a schoolyard who lost a street hockey match.
  2. clint posted on 02/24/2014 04:21 PM
    Pauline Female small France

    Seems even France knows her.
  3. George73 posted on 02/24/2014 04:21 PM
    And just about no one is surprised that the word "Canada" stuck in her gullet?

    I sincerely hope her families wealth is not due to any stocks they may have in companies in the ROC or even other countries. This person wishes to restrict Quebeckers ability to take part in the rest of the world both socially and economically. Before she should be allowed to even open her mouth on such issues, she should come clean as to where her families wealth is based. What of her children? Where did they go to school? Was it a private one by any chance, where maybe they were allowed to be exposed to the English language. Where are they working now and for whom? Have they had the opportunities she would deny others in her pursuit of he one and only goal - to be the first female permier of this PROVINCE?
    1. SusieQ posted on 02/27/2014 10:43 AM
      @George73 Wow, someone who is voicing my exact sentiments about our infamous Mme Marois!
  4. brian posted on 02/24/2014 04:56 PM
    Not at all surprising . What did she have to say about the free style ski medalists Justine and Chloe Dufour- Lapointe? - Nothing - except for chilly response from the Prime Minister's.office displaying photoshopped Quebec mittens instead of Canada mittens
    A sad day for us Canadians -non seperatists living in Qebec
  5. LMAO posted on 02/24/2014 04:56 PM
    The premier of Quebec, Pauline Marois, and the minister for Education, Leisure and Sport, Marie Malavoy, are happy to congratulate the men's hockey team for this gold medal obtained today.

    The people of Quebec are embarrassed once again. When will they be releasing the team picture with the Quebec hockey gloves? Bring on the election it's long past time Quebecor's had there say.
    1. Vince posted on 02/24/2014 08:53 PM
      @LMAO Lol long past time Quebecor's had they're stay?

      Quebecor ... the company?

      I'm sure you didn't feel this way when Quebecers* brought back half of Canada's gold medals from Sochi.
    2. Joe posted on 02/24/2014 10:22 PM
      @LMAO Cannot wait for the team photo lots of room in the frame, only 3 players will be in it, and maybe next time when Quebec athletes need funding they will not get it from CANADIAN Tire, The Royal Bank of CANADA, Air CANADA, Petro CANADA, Bell CANADA and so on, and she will have to find the cash somewhere here to sponsor these Quebec athletes. If she is insistent in cutting off the hand that feeds her so be it.
  6. steve posted on 02/24/2014 05:05 PM
    Is there no end to the pettiness of this stupid silly woman!
    1. Donna Szuber posted on 02/24/2014 11:30 PM
      @steve No.
  7. Frank posted on 02/24/2014 05:21 PM
    Why to people even listen to her, does not matter which end the words come out of her she is only trying to get us angry, we should just ignore her. Way to go CANADA for bringing home the hockey GOLD
  8. Todd posted on 02/24/2014 05:29 PM
    Pure class....
  9. Kari posted on 02/24/2014 05:43 PM
    Imagine.....................this woman cannot even SAY Canada.
    She absolutely disgusts me.
  10. Pierre Lacomb posted on 02/24/2014 05:54 PM
    To single out only quebeckers myopically is to be expected from someone who doesnt understand being a part of something bigger than themselves- in this case Canada. It's an insult to all the altheletes that were a part of the team.

    Hockey is a team sport. The Olympic spirit is about honest, and fair competitive sporting and good sportsmanship. Its a selfish, petty, and stupid to sow division along provincial lines after these athletes participated in an event that brought the WORLD together.
    1. Kat posted on 02/25/2014 10:26 AM
      @Pierre Lacomb I agree that It's an insult to all the athletes that were a part of the team, and wonder what they think of all this?
      Also Marois has no class and no idea on how to govern the people of Quebec. The people of Quebec have to wake up.
  11. ex quebecer posted on 02/24/2014 06:19 PM
    What if the games were held again in Quebec, Canada?
  12. maria posted on 02/24/2014 06:19 PM
    This has got to be the lowest she can go, I can't believe how childish she is being, I hope those players she mentioned talk back and criticize her for not mentioning Team Canada-
    she is beyond the point of return - I hope she gets a lot of backlash from this.
  13. jimbob posted on 02/24/2014 06:22 PM
    it's typical of the PQ, not even news, really...
  14. Katy McDonald posted on 02/24/2014 06:25 PM
    How very crass, unprofessional, rude,mean spirited and totally inappropriate for her position....Clearly not premier material unless you are accepting of this level of behaviour...shame on her for the disgusting example to our enthusiastic young sports enthusiasts....what exactly does she smoke before she leaves her chateau ??????She needs to sack her scriptwriter.....totally crass and insulting to the position of a leader ....did I mention degrading to the position!!!!shame on you as a woman, mother and politician only in name!!!!!
  15. denis posted on 02/24/2014 06:27 PM
    why waste my breadth, she's not worth it.....
    1. George73 posted on 02/27/2014 04:22 PM
      @denis Because I can hold my breath for 2 minutes. All it takes to expose this women for what she is. An opportunitist with no morals.
  16. sam posted on 02/24/2014 06:34 PM
    Classless supremacists. Luongo? What about Price who plays for the Montreal Canadiens? How about Subban? Montreal Libre !!!!!
  17. Mimi posted on 02/24/2014 07:16 PM
    She's a Redneck Separatist Hillbilly.......ZERO CLASS!
    Just a matter of time.....and they'll be back where they belong....lol!!
  18. Mordecai posted on 02/24/2014 07:17 PM
    In Marois' thinking, Carey Price's performance wasn't notable, even though he is the reason Canada won the gold. That's because he had the bad luck of being born outside Quebec and being part of "les autres." For shame!
  19. Missy c posted on 02/24/2014 07:48 PM
    Hoping she's not going be in power for long
    She's making ever French speaking person
    Look bad
    The way she's going about the way for qc is
    Soon we will be like a 3 world country
    It's not the people of Montreal but were the ones going have 2 pay for it
    And soon everyone going move and find jobs else's where
  20. Kelly posted on 02/24/2014 08:01 PM
    Did she congratulate the women's hockey team or any other athlete that competed? Not that I remember! But maybe I am wrong!
  21. George Grummett posted on 02/24/2014 08:40 PM
    Has Mme Marois now become a "mangeur de hot-dog" ?
    1. George73 posted on 02/27/2014 04:25 PM
      @George Grummett I'm really English so your expression is lost on me. But there is one word that seems apt.
  22. Hal posted on 02/24/2014 08:46 PM
    Tweet! .....2 minutes for mean-spirited comments! And a game misconduct for ignorance.
  23. Golfermonty posted on 02/24/2014 08:54 PM
    When are people going to learn, "you can't win a pissing contest with a skunk"... does not merit any type of reaction...
  24. Tony Altilia posted on 02/24/2014 09:16 PM
    It is this kind of petty mindedness that causes the rest of Canada to not care if and when Quebec decides to become a distinct society and an island on to it own. it would better if they do indeed stay within Confederation but if they decide to leave it will be their loss not Canada's.
  25. JC posted on 02/24/2014 10:55 PM
    to be fair, quebec isnt mentioned either
    1. LMAO posted on 02/25/2014 06:35 AM
      @JC Just the Quebec born players. It's amazing how these few players managed to win the Gold all on their own. They must be so embarrassed to read this crap.
    2. Joe posted on 02/25/2014 09:05 AM
      @JC Not mentioning it and mentioning players from Quebec only is insult enough.
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