Quebec might not be ready for female premier: PQ candidate
PQ Candidate Serge Cardin, seen here in 2005, said that Pauline Marois faces resistance due to being a female. (CP file photo).
Published Friday, August 3, 2012 5:11PM EDT
QUEBEC - A Parti Quebecois candidate has said his leader may be facing an uphill struggle to become Quebec's premier because she is a woman.
Serge Cardin said Pauline Marois will have to face the fact that some voters might not be ready for a woman premier.
The former Bloc Quebecois M-P said he is "greatly disappointed" by such an attitude.
Marois has said Cardin's comments have been misinterpreted -- she says she thinks Quebecers are ready for a woman to become premier.
Cardin later clarified his comments, calling Marois the most competent leader.
His comments echoed those of Claude Pinard, who said last November that a significant portion of the electorate wouldn't vote for Marois because she is a woman.
Pinard, a former member of the legislature, is not seeking re-election.