Pauline Marois leads PQ caucus meeting
Published Friday, September 14, 2012 11:06AM EDT
Premier-designate Pauline Marois met her caucus Tuesday evening to a round of boisterous applause.
Leading a team of 54 Parti Quebecois MNAs, Marois said she is ready to deliver a new form of government.
"I can tell you it will be a government of action, transparency and dialogue," said Marois.
"We will be implementing measures that will rapidly answer the needs of Quebecers."
Amid reports and pundit speculation that many people who voted PQ were not in favour of sovereignty, every MNA said there should be no question that for the PQ, sovereignty comes first.
However Marois also said she is hoping for a climate of collaboration with the opposition parties, saying her government will have to work with others to get things done.
Long-term party advisor turned MNA Jean-Francois Lisee agreed.
"Quebecers have decided that we were their preferred party. but they told us we will have to collaborate, negotiate," said Lisee.
That includes reaching out to English-speaking Quebecers.
"We will have to maintain a dialogue with the anglophone population," said Pierre Duchesne, the MNA for Borduas.
Marois will be sworn in next week as the 30th premier of Quebec, the first woman to lead the government.
Pauline Marois talks to elected MNAs. Sept. 13, 2012