Would an independent Quebec have borders?

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There will be no borders or tolls in a sovereign Quebec.

That's the message from Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois as sovereignty continues to be a prominent issue in the Quebec election campaign.

Marois said today that Quebecers will still be able to go see the Rockies and Prince Edward Island and that Canadians from there will still be able to visit Quebec.

Marois made the comments as she discussed ways of boosting tourism in the province. She also noted that an independent Quebec would open its arms to tourists from Canada.

For his part, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard says the PQ's constant musings on Quebec's future only serve to hurt the province and that his political foes should tone down the rhetoric.

"Every time they hint at a referendum, Quebec is weakened," Couillard said at a campaign stop in Trois-Rivieres.

Couillard says Quebec independence would destroy the rest of Canada because the province is an important part of the country and its "distinct character," is part of what makes Canada so interesting.

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  1. Eric posted on 03/11/2014 03:26 PM
    Alright, but what will the Federal government have to say about that? It's not Quebec's decision about borders. There will be issues such as borders, passports, currency, army etc... etc..... If Quebec wants to be independent they have to expect to pay the cost of all these Canadian Federal services that are now in place. How can an independent Quebec expect top have all these services for free still and why should the rest of Canada provide this to Pauline's Quebec. Quebec wants to be like the child who left home but mom and dad still provide for their needs away from home. The Federal Government needs to clarify what will rally be if Quebec leaves home.
  2. wluis posted on 03/11/2014 04:10 PM
    This province is one depressing place.
    All my life I have been listening to the same crap.

    We live in a place where there are people that will do anything to create their own country.
    Sure we win the next vote. So what? 5 years later, here we go again and again and again.
    It's a joke.
    Very Sad.
  3. George73 posted on 03/11/2014 04:46 PM
    Perhaps Canada would chose to put up borders next to Quebec. This would seem essential to safeguard Canadian security since we have already witnessed the incompetence of the PQ when it comes to handling real issues.
  4. maria posted on 03/11/2014 05:20 PM
    It will not be up to her if there will be borders or not - She wants her cake and to eat it too!!!
    You can be sure that there will be a push for Montreal to split from Quebec also - because let me tell you I was born a Canadian and I will STAY A CANADIAN!!! So if she thinks it will be that easy tell her to take a look at Ukraine!!!- 5 years of turmoil who the hell wants to put up with that I do not have the energy for 5 years of turmoil -
  5. Drew posted on 03/11/2014 06:37 PM
    Tourism in Quebec what a joke. First people from other provinces get served in English NOT Americans do not not come here for that reason People would come here to see how a 3rd world country looks like
  6. Richard posted on 03/11/2014 08:08 PM
    No borders
    No tolls
    No Bridges
    No Jobs
    No Roads
    No Hospitals
    No Schools
    and on and on and on
  7. Jim posted on 03/11/2014 08:14 PM
    The only thing Québec has going for it is that it effectively divides the rest of Canada from the Maritimes and the St-Laurence seaway ( a major thoroughfare for shipping, passes right through Quebec and is essential to Canada. Canada would have to negotiate a difficult arrangement with the U.S. to arrange for shipping transport by truck through the New England states to get around Québec if they were closed off to free travel. Erecting borders around Québec would be costly and could lead to tit-for-tat reprisals that would be harmful to everyone. I still think it is rather presumptuous of Pauline to determine for (what she hopes will eventually be) another foreign country what their policies will be. Borders ... I think not; however, tolls are another matter. She is just trying to reassure everyone that all will remain the same, except in name. In other words, Québec will become it's own country with nothing lost. What is so surprising is how people are buying into this lunacy, particularly with all of the economic indicators showing that we are already on a sinking boat with 11% of Québec's GDP going towards just the interest payments on the Québec debt. This does not even include Québec's portion of the Federal debt that they would have to absorb if they separated.
    1. Mark posted on 03/13/2014 10:26 PM
      @Jim So Pauline why is separating better for Quebec when you are going to use the same currency, have no borders and still probably want the Feds to continue giving you billions? Pauline you can't have it both ways. By the way Pauline there is a national debt in Canada and if you want to get out, you have to pay up your share which is in the billions. And Pauline you can't pay it back win poutine.
  8. 1mohawkview posted on 03/12/2014 12:04 PM
    There will be no borders, Quebec will stay in Canada. We should stop amusing this woman.
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