Marois to wait for separation to be feasible

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond greeted Premier Pauline Marois as she took on a 15 minute interview on BBC about separation. In it she specified that she would wait until she was confident that Quebecers would vote 'Yes.'


The interview asked questions pertaining to the 1995 referendum which was lost by a small margin.

“You have laws, you have obligations for the people who agree with the, ‘Yes’ orientation, with the ‘No’ orientation. You say to these two groups, you have an amount of money that you can invest, so we can put on publicity, marketing.

"In our case, the other provinces and the federal government decided to put money in the process and that was not permitted and that [was] very difficult for us because we didn’t have any control on this," she said.

Marois added that she believes a better message would have compelled skeptics.

“Maybe we should have said to the Quebecers that we are rich. We are able to be independent because that is the case. We have big organizations. We have big financial institutions. We have great companies. We have great universities, so we don’t have to be afraid.”

On the topic of a third referendum, which is also being debated in federal politics, she said that it would depend on the mood of Quebecers.

“During the electoral campaign, I said to the population, I can repeat that today, 'We will hold a referendum when we will be ready, when we think the population is ready to say, 'Yes,'” she said.

“If we are not able to have the support of the population, we will not hold a referendum during our mandate.”

Marois currently holds a minority mandate where the federalist opposition can easily defeat any motion that would veer in this direction. In her interview, Marois recognized this fact.

“At this moment, it is not possible for me to hold a referendum on the independence of Quebec.”

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