Marois talks labour, Couillard, baseball and birthdays

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Pauline Marois did not take time off the campaign trail to celebrate her birthday today.

The now 65-year-old spoke to reporters this morning to address workplace safety and job security, Liberal leader Philippe Couillard's position on bilingualism and baseball.

She said a new PQ government would have several priorities regarding labour conditions in Quebec:

"Health and workplace safety, the protection of workers in precarious positions and the pension fund," she said.

She also took the time to slam Philippe Couillard for his remarks on the importance of workplace bilingualism.

She said his remarks made during Thursday's debate demonstrate a profound misunderstanding of the province's language laws, which state that the language of the workplace is French.

"Article four of Bill 101 says there is an obligation to respect the right to work in French in Quebec," she said. If Couillard did not understand that, "He is not ready to be premier of Quebec."

As for baseball, she said she'd like to see it back, provided it makes economic sense.

"First of all, we'd have to see a report on the situation of the sport in Montreal," she said. "There needs to be private sector involvement because the government cannot be helping professional sports. But if there is a good file, we could study the possibility."

Finally, Marois said that she is ineligible to receive federal pension benefits, and that she is very comfortable with her salary as Premier.

When asked if she had a birthday wish, she said, "I think you know exactly what I would like for my birthday!"

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  1. Alex posted on 03/29/2014 04:40 PM
    Does this lady have any refreshing, new, innovative, meaningful or constructive ideas? It seems that she just keeps on beating the proverbial dead language horse.
  2. Russ posted on 03/30/2014 04:24 PM
    She is so old and old fashioned she is like a bad scent that wont go away .Old ideas ,old lies from her party she is very much out of date with the real Quebec and the real economy.
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