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."