Marois suddenly backing away from independence talk

Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois is trying to steer her campaign away from the theme of independence, just one day after musing about what a post-secession Quebec would look like.

Marois and star candidate Pierre Karl Peladeau refused to answer several campaign-trail questions today about Quebec sovereignty or any future independence referendum.

The PQ leader told reporters she's running an election campaign, not a campaign on the future of Quebec.


Peladeau brushed off sovereignty questions by saying he preferred to talk about the economy, which was the subject of their campaign event outside Quebec City.

Their sudden aversion to discussing sovereignty comes after Marois spent several days describing specifics of an independent Quebec — such as retaining the Canadian dollar and keeping the borders open.

The apparent shift also comes just a few days after Peladeau's splashy entrance into politics, when the Quebecor Media owner drove his fist into the air and proclaimed his lifelong passion for Quebec sovereignty.

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  1. DENG posted on 03/13/2014 01:36 PM
    Madam Marios is like a pen-du-lum.
  2. maria posted on 03/13/2014 02:54 PM
    I watched the clip were Marois is pushing pkp away (not to answer the question) it has got to be one of the funniest clips of this election!!! Everyone should watch it!!! -

    This guy is like a tyrant - I read one of his quotes , it read as follows "we must help our businesses to grow, export, to Conquer the world - In the world of business quebecers must become the best in the world -

    He is pretty scary - I hope they keep on putting their foot in their mouth!!
  3. Meatplow posted on 03/13/2014 02:57 PM
    OH PLEASE!!......QC independence will be the 1st thing to come out of her mouth if she wins a majority.....besides it's already out there.....everyone knows that is still her main goal.....hope nobody will get's fooled by this sudden priority change....
  4. Russell posted on 03/13/2014 04:37 PM
    I like the way she says she running an election campaign not a campaign on the future of Quebec. What does she think an election campaign is about. Obviously not on the future of Quebec
  5. lc posted on 03/13/2014 04:49 PM
    "Ya Ya whatever PKP......... just sit in your corner and shut up" she whispered.
  6. Carlos posted on 03/13/2014 05:07 PM
    Just love it...... it is hilarious .....
  7. Norm posted on 03/13/2014 08:33 PM
    Oops- you are in the way Pierre get out of my way- shut up and let me reply. But Pauline, you are not replying!
  8. steve posted on 03/13/2014 11:40 PM
    She obviously was hoping for a groundswell of nationalism and it's not happening.Her and her golden boy are scaring people away with all her separatist rhetoric,and now she's backing off.Any one who can't see right through her strategy is blind!
  9. john galley posted on 03/14/2014 06:10 AM
    PKP will not take the shove lightly. He is used to shoving not being shoved, especially by Queen Pauline eh! Not being no 1 will never sit with PKP. By the way, is PKP using the Quebecor Corporate Jet to move about the province? Seems to me that if he is, this is a conflict. This would most certainly be a problem if he is also providing the Quebecor Jet to other PQ party members.
  10. Chris posted on 03/14/2014 08:09 AM
    I LOVE the shove! They are real farce!
  11. Vito posted on 03/14/2014 10:22 AM
    PKP is the best thing that could have happened to the Liberals !!
    I predict a majority government ---- for the Liberals; they will get the CAQ votes and also given the PQ have lost the support of major unions like the CSN.

    Thanks PKP :)
  12. clint posted on 03/14/2014 11:19 AM
    Jean Chretien used the "Shawinigan Handshake"
    Pauline uses the "PKP Push"
  13. jonico posted on 03/14/2014 11:52 AM
    Go sit in your corner, I'll call on you when I need you. C'est moi la bosse!!!!
  14. George73 posted on 03/14/2014 03:21 PM
    Maybe PKP is working undercover for the Liberals?
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