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Quebec premier Marois says she didn’t mean to offend with England comments


 

QUEBEC – Quebec Premier Pauline Marois says she didn’t mean to offend anyone with comments blaming multiculturalism for social unrest and bombs in Britain.

She said her comments were made in the context of a discussion about different models of integration around the world.

Marois added that she didn’t intend to interfere with United Kingdom policies.

“It’s up to Quebec to develop its own model, according to its own values and history,” Marois said Saturday in a statement posted to the Parti Quebecois website.

The statement is Marois’ first on the subject since an interview published Friday with Montreal Le Devoir, which set off a flurry of criticism.

Marois also said Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard should encourage more respectful debate about her proposed Charter of Values.

Couillard called on her to apologize for the comments on Friday, saying they are unworthy of a head of government.

In the newspaper interview, Marois said France’s efforts at secularism “are not perfect,” but still preferable to the multiculturalism policies practised in England.

“In England, they’re smashing each other in the face and throwing bombs because of multiculturalism and nobody knowing any more who they are in that society,” she saidl.

Leaked elements of the PQ’s values charter suggest people working in the public service could be banned from wearing religious symbols such as the hijab.


 
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Quebec premier Marois says she didn’t mean to offend with England comments

  1. Ethnic nationalism is inherently intolerant.

  2. With your Quebec ethnic cleansing and fascist ideology, we understand.

  3. A never ending clown show, and so the world laughs again and again.

  4. Her drawing breath is offensive

  5. Multiculturalism has been a complete and utter failure. Just look at the States and Britain – they wish that it never happened in their land. Multiculturalism is failing because new immigrants want to re-create their homelands here, instead of embracing Canada.

    What we have now is separate ethnic communities all over the place and that is why it isn’t working. Ottawa should focus instead of bringing the native/aboriginal community into the mainstream,and stop picking on whites.

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