Report: Marois tells PKP's opponents to back off

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Pauline Marois may be telling those vying to replace her to drop out in order to improve Pierre Karl Peladeau's chances of winning.

Both the Journal de Quebec and CJAD's political analyst Jean Lapierre say they have sources telling them just that.

The former Parti Quebecois premier has asked Jean-François Lisée to step away from the race, the Journal is reporting.

Lapierre, in the meantime, says he knows of three potential candidates who have all been approached by Marois.

"Pauline Marois is on the phone, trying to convince candidates to get out of the race so that Pierre Karl can get elected," he told the Andrew Carter Morning Show.

No influence

According to the Journal de Quebec, a staff member working for Pauline Marois is denying that she is trying to influence the PQ leadership.

Lapierre says he believes the ex-premier will have little sway. "These days [if you get] a call from Madame Marois, you'd say 'Ah, bonjour Madame Marois, how are you?' and then you'd say 'Oh sorry Pauline, I have another call on the line'."

Yesterday one possible contender, Réjean Hébert, announced that he would not be entering the race after all.

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  1. P.B. Legault posted on 09/04/2014 12:49 PM
    Dear Pauline,
    I woke up this morning and there was no local, national or even international front page news about separation, referendums, state sponsored religious discrimination, or petty language disputes for a while now in regards to Quebec. It was a relief.

    Quebec has become a most beautiful and peaceful place to live and I wanted everyone to know how lucky we are and we all should appreciate this new reality.

    Thank you Pauline for your actions to make this possible, by helping the population to easily decide that this province desperately needed to be pointed in a new and positive direction to achieve this mighty change we can all witness.

    It would be wonderful if the remaining buffoons who make up the burn-out shell of the PQ and BQ who try to sow division among all the peoples who make up Quebec, advocate religious discrimination, purposely create tensions between language groups, promote referendums and talk of destroying this great country of Canada, would also just fade off over the horizon like Pauline, hidden and forgotten somewhere on the back pages of this dark period of Quebec’s history.

    I am a bilingual person born here, a proud Canadian and Quebecois with a French father and English mother who is very thankful and optimistic at last.

    Thank you once again, Pauline.
  2. Juge posted on 09/04/2014 01:22 PM
    Pauline Marois backing PKP.
    Knowing how she was tossed out with such vengeance by the voters of this province, is it reasonable to think, either PKP is still too dependent on Mother Pauline to stand on his own? Or he too stupid to not realize the baggage he will have to carry to have any association with her?
    Either way, I just LOVE the infighting among them. The battles between any and all those who have or will decide to run to be the head of the PQ party will most certainly open up more wounds and expose more about what goes on their heads than we can ever hope for.
  3. 1mohawkview posted on 09/04/2014 01:49 PM
    This sounds illegal and if not it should be. Also it does not sound very democratic.

    But what do you expect from the likes of this one.
  4. jonico posted on 09/04/2014 01:59 PM
    Haha, too funny - Ma tante has joined the club with Landry & Parizeau. A female dinosaur has enlisted with the other two for our entertainment. Loving it !!!!!
  5. Cyberdude posted on 09/04/2014 02:42 PM
    Why would anyone in the PQ (or anywhere else, for that matter) listen to Queen Pauline when she just finished leading them to their greatest disaster and she couldn't even hold on to her own seat?
  6. paul posted on 09/04/2014 03:06 PM
    Why would anyone inside or outside the PQ care what Marois thinks. She is a washed up has been. Time to move on Pauline.
  7. ric posted on 09/04/2014 10:07 PM
    I forgot all about her and her stupidity. I see that nothing 's changed.
  8. Joe posted on 09/05/2014 08:25 AM
    I guess summer is over and the old dinosaurs are positioning themselves behind which one of the 3 stooges in the running for a party that has no vision what the population wants here. These stooges will be courting the old dinosaurs until the PQ choose a leader, and it will prove which one is the Tyrannosaurus Rex of old dinosaurs by which stooge wins. Good Luck to hem all as they eat themselves alive as usual instead listening to the people. After that we can put the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the old dinosaur Hall of Fame or sham depends how you look at it.
  9. Richards McPhil posted on 09/05/2014 08:34 AM
    The more PKP is on the front pages of French journals, the better for Quebec. Our own Donald Trump - even to divorcing wives - but not nearly as interesting or smart.
  10. ann posted on 09/05/2014 02:29 PM
    Pauline whoo???????
  11. Brigitte Albert posted on 09/05/2014 09:13 PM
    Do these politicians never learn?
  12. Dave posted on 09/06/2014 07:35 AM
    Isn't this washed up old queen said to make an appearance at the corruption inquiry?
    I can't wait...
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