LISTEN: Pauline Marois' farewell address to Quebecers


On Wednesday, Pauline Marois made her final public statement in the National Assembly as premier, following her meeting with incoming premier Philippe Couillard. (You can listen to the speech, and read the text of the speech below.)

Through sniffles and tears, Pauline Marois says she left retirement seven years ago because she still wanted to serve Quebec, and may have been thinking of the famous song by Edith Piaf when she uttered the phrase 'je ne regrette rien' ('I regret nothing').

She says she's still worried about the French language, that the issue of equality between men and women has still not been settled, and that neither has the question of Quebec independence — that there will always be people fighting for the idea.

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  1. jonico posted on 04/17/2014 11:03 AM
    Tears were that you could not be "queen" in your imaginary country. Bye, happy retirement. By the way, we're in 2014. People in Quebec can be bilingual & still keep their culture.
  2. George73 posted on 04/17/2014 04:38 PM
    So long, farewell, aufwiedesnen, adieu, to you and you and you and you and you.

    You is you dear popo.

    You're no Julie. You may persist in PQ revisionist history as a great leader, but to the rest of the world, including Quebec, you had no great voice. Just a mean spirtited, opportuntist. No ideals. Just a lust for power.

    Oh, and before you retreat to your Florida condo, we Quebekers all expect you to pay all your taxes to Quebec, even if there is no legal need. Afterall, you said it was his moral duty to do so, so what's your excuse going to be? Is it that only Quebekers in public life should pay extra taxes and now that you were given the big heave-ho in Charlevoix, that doesn't apply to you anymore. Does it? Guess what. Couillard was a private citizen also when he worked in the Middle East. That didn't stop you and your rottweilers from essentially accusing him of disloyality to the Quebec State.

    Go back to your garden, where the s**t that spews from your mouth will no doubt enable you to have one magnificient rose garden. But I doubt you ever get your hands dirty - eh? Probably found a unilingual high school grad to clear up after you.
  3. Paul posted on 04/18/2014 11:34 AM
    Wow, she still exudes a holier than though arrogance with every breath she takes. It must be encoded in her DNA. So so happy that we got rid of her, honestly the worst and most divisive Premier in the history of Quebec.
  4. More BS posted on 04/18/2014 12:25 PM
    Sniff,sniff hooray!
  5. Sic posted on 04/20/2014 08:58 PM
    Without a doubt the worst politician this country has ever had. Power hungry, ignorant ,
    manipulative and blatant liar. This xenophobe tried to rule with a racist hatred and payed the price for it. She will be remembered for being the imbecile who called an election and sank her party and lost her own seat , not what she wanted to be remembered for.
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