PQ seeks to reignite the sovereignist flame

Marois calls for Ottawa to hand over several powers to the province

Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois announced on Sunday that the PQ will pressure Ottawa to hand over more powers to the province should it win the next provincial election. Though her plan doesn’t include a referendum on sovereignty, it calls for Quebec to wrestle control over taxation, immigration, the environment, agriculture and broadcast communications from the federal government. Marois said a PQ government would also expand the scope of the province’s controversial language law, Bill 101, and add a component on Quebec’s national history to the provincial school curriculum. Liberal leader Jean Charest was re-elected for a third consecutive time last year and is not bound to call another election until 2013.

CBC News

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