After debate, Marois tries to bring charter talk back to the fore

PKP says he didn't know he gave money to Liberals, didn't join PQ for a referendum

Premier Marois called her star candidates Bernard Drainville and Pierre Karl Peladeau to a news conference in Longueuil Friday, the morning after the first leaders’ debate, to try and steer the campaign back to the Charter of Values and the economy.

Drainville reminded Quebecers that a vote for the Parti Québécois is a vote for his secularism charter.

At the debate Thursday the leaders accused Marois of using the charter to launch an election, saying all parties could have reached a consensus.

“There’s room for consensus if the Liberals agree with us,” Drainville said.

Pierre Karl Peladeau also took the opportunity to clarify that he is a sovereignist but the reason he got into politics is to save Quebec’s economy.

When asked why he donated $5000 to the Liberal party over the last decade vs only $3000 to the PQ, PKP said he didn't know how much he donated, but he did it because he believes in democracy.

“Thank you for the information, but you should not take this as any relation with my association with the Liberal party, I was clearly part of the PQ, I voted yes at the referendum,” he said.

Pauline Marois continued to repeat what she's been saying all along about a referendum: that there wouldn't be one until Quebecers are ready.

“There is no confusion; the issue of this election is not a referendum. The issue of this election is a choice of a government for the direction of Quebec.” But she refused to address the question of how she'll know "when Quebecers are ready".

“We will work to reinforce the economy of Quebec and the confidence of Quebecers and when it will be the time, we will be able to see that we are ready to take the decision," Marois said.

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  1. joeN posted on 03/21/2014 02:13 PM
    An empty statement with no firm Yes or No to the question will you or will you not have a referenedum in this mandate. Thank you Marois for showing the world that you and your team of deceptive politicians are morally bankrupt. You are not worthy of our vote, time, attention, nor another term in power. You must be sent packing but better yet implode and burried.
  2. Kat posted on 03/21/2014 02:37 PM
    There will be a referendum. Whether it will be today or tomorrow, make no mistake a vote for the PQ is a vote for separation.
  3. George73 posted on 03/21/2014 03:41 PM
    PKP didnt know he gave money to the Liberals? And Marois thinks someone like this shoudl be in a psoition to spend tax payers money? God help us all.
  4. Rolly posted on 03/21/2014 03:52 PM
    PKP said he was clarifying his stupid statement and that he was there to save Quebec's Economy....daaaaaaa which means it is in piss poor shape to start off with which once again counter vines Marois who said we are doing well........the only reason she quickly called an election was for her and her husband to avoid being questioned by the commission. they clearly were not prepared for an election they had no platform nor strategy.......and her famous Hijab law is only a diversionary tactic to distract from her major screw-ups namely the economy and jobs
  5. ssm posted on 03/21/2014 04:50 PM
    The PQ clearly has some powerful tools : xenophobia, numero uno . Fear is an strange thing on which to base a nation but a common thing on which to build nationalist fervor. The Charter of Catholaicity might just work for them. Similar techniques worked for supremacists elsewhere in the past. George Wallace in Alabama comes to mind although it wasn't about language and religion for him. Very different? Maybe, maybe not.
  6. Mike d posted on 03/21/2014 05:02 PM
    How about taking about health care or jobs instead. God help Quebec if they win.
  7. Paul posted on 03/21/2014 10:36 PM
    Marois is looking more and more dishevelled every day. Looks almost like she's headed for a nervous breakdown.
  8. JohnH- posted on 03/22/2014 01:13 PM
    The PQ couldn't govern. And now they can't even run an election campaign. Restaurants are always looking for waiters and wine stewards. However, you must be able to speak English to those nasty tourist. Bon voyage!
  9. More BS posted on 03/23/2014 04:45 PM
    For years these imbeciles have pestered the crap out of the citizens of Quebec with separation BS and now the crap has turned around and bit her in ass . Frankenstein's monster will destroy its creator. SWEET!
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