"Pauline, the electorate was hard on you yesterday": Lisée

Outgoing International Relations minister Jean-François Lisée says last night's crushing election loss by the PQ was hard on the separatist cause — as "difficult as a third referendum loss".

In a blog piece entitled "Very Dear Pauline", Lisée paid tribute to the retiring premier, who lost her own seat as well as the election Monday night.

"Politics is thankless, and last night, it showed you the door," Lisée, the newly-reelected MNA for Rosemont, wrote. "You took defeat with elegance, with serenity, evoking the history of Quebec, resilience, and longevity — Quebec qualities you embody from head to toe."

Lisée added that Quebecers did not punish Marois for her fight for the French language, or the fight for a secular Quebec, or for some of her other accomplishments, but rather, they punished her for wanting to leave the door open for Quebecers to give themselves their own country.

"Closing this door was more important for a large number of Quebecers than any other consideration.," he wrote. "Closing this door was worth all the other risks embodied by the Liberal Party.

"Last night, my very dear Pauline, not enough Quebecers thought like you. Thought like us."

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  1. jonico posted on 04/08/2014 02:14 PM
    This is probably because people realize we're in 2014 not 1970's. Maybe you should move forward like the rest of the world.
  2. Barcham posted on 04/08/2014 02:34 PM
    If he thinks last night was bad, just wait another 4 years until the next election. If the PQ do not change their direction, and they really cannot change as the separation of Quebec is item number one of their platform, they will be close to erased from the Quebec political scene. Come into the 21st Century, M.Lisée, we are all waiting for you! Separatism is a quaint but antiquated concept and it is time to move on. It is a shame to see someone of your obvious intelligence stuck in such a futile pursuit.
  3. Susan posted on 04/08/2014 02:44 PM
    Oh yeah, she's a real class act, like the way she blamed the English students for trying to steal the election, the way she and her party made all of us who weren't "pure laine" always feel so warm and welcome. Once again JF Lisee has it all backwards.
  4. clint posted on 04/08/2014 02:45 PM
    YOU were the "mastermind" behind the strategy of the PQ....you should be apologizing for CAUSING her defeat.....and a BIG thank-you by the way ...:-)
  5. Norm posted on 04/08/2014 02:50 PM
    Lisee doesn't get it. He is in La La land. The politics of divide and conquer thankfully did not work and I would only hope that Lisee, Drainville and Pelodeau would disappear. They are a hindrance to the aspirations of Quebecers.
  6. Bixby posted on 04/08/2014 02:53 PM
    ''... they punished her for wanting to leave the door open for Quebecers to give themselves their own country...''
    well, because we seemed once again to be headed for another referendum was the reason I voted Liberal instead of my usual Green party vote.

    Mais, monsieur Lisée, vous vous trompez entièrement!! Madame Marois a été remerciée de ses fonctions pour les raisons qui suivent: (en anglais)
    (1) because she was the WORST Finance, Health and Education minister we have had in Québec (I am STILL hugely angry at her for what she did as Education minister)

    (2) for constantly hammering how ''the Liberals, oh my god, they are so corrupt and we are not''...Oh really? what about all of HER skeletons in her closet? all the bourgeois shenanigans and perks she enjoyed way back when, like her 3$ million château, the crap she again pulled with her husband recently, to name only two?

    (3) She was part of the PQ for the last 4 décades when they were solidly in bed with the labour unions, saying all that time they were on their side (to get their votes, obviously), jacking up their salaries where typical blue-collar workers now make more than many university graduates (all of which has depleted the province's coffers). Ever the opportunist, she accepted Peladeau as a candidate, thereby spitting on the now angry unions who are now hostile to the PQ's underhandedness...

    (4) for calling this unneeded election which, again, has stolen $80+ million from the province's coffers, when by gawd our Streets are FILLED with potholes and snow banks from over two weeks ago. What about Drainville's Bill 3 the fair elections act?

    (5) I could go on, but what killed Madame Marois' political career is Madame Marois herself. A terrible, terrible performance during both televised debates. but I didn't expect more from this so-opportunistic and talent-challenged former secretary...
  7. anne posted on 04/08/2014 03:10 PM
    Yes Francois, you are right. Quebeckers rejected the PQ an Pauline because they do not think like her you( thank god). We are not all racists, and xenophobes. We think it's wrong to have language police and wrong to restrict children from learning another language. We think it's wrong to tell people what clothing to wear and what god to believe in.
    They rejected your dictatorship and threat of once again using the Notwithstanding Clause to get your own way. They rejected your proposed Bill 14 that would allow inspectors to march into their stores and have items confiscated because they are written in English. And they rejected you because we love the diversity of Montreal, and having our children exposed to different cultures.
    There is nothing "dear" about Pauline. She is ambitious and self serving in my eyes, and one who cared more about power than the people she was supposed to represent, and she got exactly what she deserved.
    Her sad face does not compare to the thousands of sad faces she caused.
  8. Theo posted on 04/08/2014 04:07 PM
    So the size of the "nous" camp is obviously shrinking. Get over it.
  9. Suzan posted on 04/08/2014 04:25 PM
    Thank God most Quebecors do NOT think like Madame Marois - or you Monsieur Lisee................Thank GOD !
    Maybe now this province can once again hold it's up with a little pride
  10. ric posted on 04/08/2014 04:31 PM
    Not hard enough. It's a shame that the three stooges (you, drainville and peladeau) didn't suffer the same defeat. It's time that all the separatists grew up and tried to help the economy, the schools and the heath care system instead of running around and measuring English signs. What a waste of time and money the pq WAS.
  11. Brian posted on 04/08/2014 04:48 PM
    J P why can't you guys get it. The people of Quebec are very tired of listening to the PQ verbiage about separation and charters. The people of Quebec have spoken with their votes. Accept defeat and move on. Running a government is not about just protecting the French language. It's about the economy, education, employment, and healthcare. The French language is not on a slide downwards. It's doing better. Stop telling the francophones that the language is in danger. You and your party have tried to put a wedge between the francophones, anglephones, and allophones. It has not worked.
  12. Markymark posted on 04/08/2014 06:27 PM
    Jean-Francois and Pauline sitting in a tree.............l....e.....a....v....I...n....g
  13. Joe posted on 04/08/2014 07:14 PM
    Tear in one eye, other one is on the prize. This guy is so full of it you can smell it, (my apologies for my crudeness but sometimes you have to call a spade a spade) and has always been 2 faced with 'LES AUTRES" I would never trust him or any others in the clan but especially him.
  14. Mark posted on 04/09/2014 02:15 AM
    Amen to lala land . Who in this province knows that this party was created exclusively and initially for the purpose of splitting off Quebec, then, sophisticatedly attempted to succeed in trying to 'dismember' it's citizens. What kind of ass-backward leadership is that??? Know what PQ? Here's the bottom line, best advice ever heard!.... Disband your party! it's OVER! You have spent 'A Generation' fighting for your losing cause and wasted time and tax payers money!! Read my lips..WE DONT WANT TO SEPARATE! And further more LEAVE MONTREAL ALONE- Get out of here! And leave your Herouxville antics AT HOME! Enough is enough!! And stop trying to appease the 60+ generation who claim to be the 'so called sufferers' from 5 decades ago, all enjoying their Canada pensions! while the younger educated francophone crowd wants nothing more than to be bilingual, global and inclusive in a multi-cultural society. So stop the bleeding!! Move on, move out and move forward into new productive planning giving you a 'real raison-d'être as to why you are all living and breathing. Stop the madness at once and LISTEN to Québécois shouting loudly at you!
  15. Kat posted on 04/09/2014 01:34 PM
    "they punished her for wanting to leave the door open for Quebecers to give themselves their own country."
    You want us to feel sorry for her or anyone else who tries to break up our country? Try this in another Country and see what happens.
    It WAS a 3rd ref. loss. Quebecers have decided,we kept the country that made us one of the greatest countries in the world.
  16. John posted on 04/09/2014 04:27 PM
    Oh SVP . Spare me the BS !!!!!
  17. Bren posted on 04/09/2014 10:03 PM
    As a retired teacher and ESL volunteer teacher, I wonder what Marois would do if her children were bullied, ignored, left out, shoved aside, because they weren't pure laine.

    I would have loved to be a fly on the wall after Marois made her final speech and went back to her room.

    How does a bully sleep at night?

    Quebec is back!

    I keep singing that ABBA song...

    "The Winner Takes It All."
  18. Mike d posted on 04/13/2014 07:46 PM
    Time to remove this. Don't want to ever see that name again. Erase it from all of history forever.
  19. DonaldD_2 posted on 04/15/2014 05:07 AM
    "Last night, my very dear Pauline, not enough Quebecers thought like you. Thought like us."For which I and many others are extremely thankful. Talk about not getting priorities straight! The PQ turned their backs on the unions when they ran PKP. They went against the students. What more could they expect?
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