Marois: No regrets.

Pauline Marois
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A visibly choked-up master of ceremonies introduced the Parti Quebecois' last premier today to 350 cheering delegates in Drummondville.

Many crowded around Pauline Marois to hug and take pictures of her as she stepped to the stage.

She told the convention she had experienced the shock of being "the first," but had no regrets. "I will always remain that young woman who wanted to change the world.

She later deflected reporters' questions about what may have gone wrong during her time in power or her campaign.

"The results are what we know. I have no intention of going back over it."

Beware the Right

In an apparent reference to her party's drop in support from young people, she told her party that neither polling firms, nor editorialists, nor columnists would put words in the mouths of young people - a line that launched a wave of enthusiastic applause.

Young people are looking for "an ideal country," Marois said, telling party followers that youth have to be listened to.

And in a rare piece of advice, she also warned them against the right-wing fringe. She said the debt of some country's in Europe has lead them to limit their collective liberty.

"Quebec is not safe from this type of situation," she said.

Charter of Values

Without mentioning the charter directly, the PQ's last premier repeated that the principals of equality between men and women and the neutrality of the state have to be reaffirmed in Quebec's laws.

"Those who settle this question will do Quebec a great favour," she said.

After her final speech to the PQ troops as outgoing leader, Pauline Marois dropped a cryptic remark to reporters:

"I'm retired at this moment, but nothing is stopping me from leaving retirement one day," were her departing remarks.

A communications staffers later explained that she may pick up other projects, but a return to politics is out of the question.

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  1. dollard guy posted on 06/07/2014 02:53 PM
    Please retire completely and irrevocably. Can't you see by the election results that you and your ideals are Unwanted here in the very happy province of. Quebec!
  2. Wendy Ramsey posted on 06/07/2014 04:10 PM
    Good riddance - time to take out the trash!
  3. clint posted on 06/07/2014 04:58 PM
    " a return to politics is out of the question."
    Amen to that sister.....w00t!
  4. Joel posted on 06/07/2014 05:12 PM
    I never thought I would agree with Mme Marois, but I too have no regrets that she and the PQ no longer in power.
  5. Kent Tyson posted on 06/07/2014 05:46 PM
    As she rides into the sunset, a warm feeling gathers inside of me. Good riddance to the hate monger!
  6. ric posted on 06/07/2014 08:08 PM
    Let's see what you've done pauline. Almost put Quebec in financial ruin, made Quebec the laughing stock of the world, showed how bigoted the separatists really are against the English and the minorities. Along with the bad, there's also the good. You've destroyed the pq party and most of it's delegates and you're leaving politics as a loser. You can hang up these honors along with your little red square, most of those students didn't vote for you either. You never thought that most Quebecers are smarter than you dreamed. pauline, GOOD RIDDANCE.
  7. Joe posted on 06/07/2014 11:57 PM
    She and the clan have not figured out that the young voters want to move forward and not back 40 years when the reason for the PQ's existence was and still is rejected. I hope she comes out of retirement and brings Landry and Parizeau with her so we can send them all back to Jurassic Park together and we can have 2 faced ( how is the knife in your back Drainville) Lisee and the economic wizard Marceau feeding them.
  8. Murray posted on 06/08/2014 07:19 AM
    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Her government did more for racism than any other that preceded hers. Thankfully even she was booted unceremoniously out of office and all but destroyed the PQ with her ilk.
  9. Kari posted on 06/09/2014 12:58 PM
    Here are some retirement projects for her:
    Cooking, baking, gardening, refinishing old furniture and catching up on her reading.
    All things we wont hear about or will have any effect on us.
    Happy retirement.....................go away!
    1. Joe posted on 06/09/2014 04:23 PM
      @Kari Here is another hobby, go to the Charbonneau Commission and clarify what was just said about you knowing about donations made in your riding. This is great because not only were you but to the curb for pick up you will leave disgraced for calling everyone corrupt meanwhile you had you greedy hand in the cookie jar along with the others.
  10. More BS posted on 06/09/2014 06:52 PM
    Hey Pauline we finally have something in common. I have no regrets about helping to kick you to the curb.
  11. Paul posted on 06/11/2014 11:21 AM
    We do not have any regrets either, hope to never see you or hear from you again.
  12. JPK posted on 06/12/2014 11:12 PM
    She's gone "yeah" now its PKP's time support nothing of Quebecor, papers, cell, cable..his company has received loads of money from Canadian taxpayers. Hope he doesn't own CJAD, I like their talk shows
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