AP Interview: Quebec premier seeks US investments

December 15, 2012 • Business

In this Dec. 13, 2012 photo, Quebecís new premier, Pauline Marois, delivers the keynote address at the Foriegn Policy Association luncheon in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — Quebec’s new premier, Pauline Marois, doesn’t shy away from the truth about her government’s separatist ambitions, and is banking on a policy of transparency and fiscal responsibility to lure foreign investors who might otherwise be worried.

It helps that given Marois’ slim edge in the legislature — she leads a minority government — her Parti Quebecois has no chance of passing any legislation calling a referendum on separatism during this mandate. Still, she made clear in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that breaking away from Canada is a goal.

“I say yes, we are sovereigntists … and we want to explain this project and to convince the population of Quebec,” Marois said. But an eventual move in that direction would be open and democratic, and would not come as a surprise, she added.

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