PQ election platform adopted; aiming for independence

The Parti Quebecois released an election platform on Saturday that put the proposed charter of values and protecting the French language at the top of its list of priorities.

A commitment to Quebec independence is featured in the platform's preamble, on the document's first page.

According to the document, the PQ will call a referendum when the time is right, but doesn't commit to a time frame.

Until then, it will work to promote Quebec's interests within Canada.

That echoes comments made by PQ Leader Pauline Marois in recent days as she makes a push for a majority government in the April 7 election.

In her speech Saturday, Marois appeared to juggle the hopes of her PQ base for another referendum with an appeal to the broader Quebec public.

Polls suggest that support for independence hovers around 40 per cent.

"I want it as soon as possible, but we will not rush Quebecers,'' Marois told party members gathered at a Laval hotel on Day 4 of the election campaign.

"We will do it with this platform, and a government plan to build a stronger, more prosperous, more welcoming Quebec.''

The PQ's platform laid out 36 commitments over 23 pages, ranging from identity issues to the job-creation and the environment.

There were few surprises and it was unanimously approved by party members.

Marois devoted much of her speech to slamming Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard.

She accused him of failing to stand up for Quebec and spending too much time defending Canada.

"That's all finished: Quebecers don't have to apologize for existing,'' Marois said to a round cheers.

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  1. Sly posted on 03/08/2014 04:23 PM
    Is it too early in the campaign to discuss in case of a PQ win ....the following payments ?
    Airports, Ports, Postal Service, Armed Forces, Quebec's part of the debt, Passports etc etc etc. and the one they all duck First Nations.
    Just asking
  2. JEAN posted on 03/08/2014 05:15 PM
    She live in the past ,nothing new, just old stuff , she want to keep her people stupid to vote her
  3. Barcham posted on 03/08/2014 06:04 PM
    Guess what, Pauline? Canadians don't have to apologize for being proud of their country either. If you do not like it as part of Canada, pack your bags and get the hell out. But no, you will do everything in your power to drag Quebec, this once proud province of CANADA into the sewer and chase out everyone who will vote against you in a referendum. That is when you will feel the time is right. By that time, there will be nothing here that anyone wants but you will have your white, French, Catholic society. Le Quebec Pour Quebecois. I have two cheeks for you to kiss, but they aren't on my face.
  4. Jeff posted on 03/08/2014 06:38 PM
    The English media should stop focusing on the PQ. Everyone knows what their election platform is. It appears as though the English media is pro-PQ.
  5. Seriously posted on 03/09/2014 10:47 AM
    Really Marois platform is
    "We will do it with this platform, and a government plan to build a stronger, more prosperous, more welcoming Quebec.''
    Well I'm not living in Quebec for almost 6 months now, but as an objective opinion outside looking in, I can tell you my feelings are that there is nothing welcoming about Quebec. At this point I can say that Quebec has nothing that I can not find where I am now.
  6. Paul posted on 03/09/2014 10:53 AM
    Now why would the PQ platform have the charter and language issues before the economy and jobs? The answer is because the PQ don't have answers to the economy and jobs. For them it's earlier to sell the charter and language to the misinformed French voters. The PQ is selling Quebec into the abis where forever it will stay. If one thinks that any of the proposed bills they are trying to pass are bad for the English, just wait till they get a majority. We ain't seen nothing yet.
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