Premier of Quebec Pauline Marois yearns for a sovereign Quebec “as soon as possible,” but promises not to rush the province into its third referendum to split from Canada.
“The time has come to newly reflect on our future,” the Parti Québécois leader said, speaking forcibly for a partisan crowd of placard-waving Péquistes in a Laval hotel ballroom, where she formally unveiled the party’s election platform.
“When we arrived in government, Quebeckers’ pride was at half-mast,” said Marois, who took power as the province’s first female premier with a minority government in September 2012. “It’s time to put aside moroseness and renew the determination that characterizes our people. […] The Québécois won’t apologize for existing.”
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