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.