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Marois rencontrera son homologue Alex Salmond au Parlement écossais. 
Photo : La Presse canadienne (photo) Clément Allard ι Pauline Marois
(Madame Marois will meet with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, SNP, at the Scottish Parliament)

1) Madame Marois’ possible attempt to enlist the help of Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond or to show that other Leaders are also seeking votes among Young students

Madame Pauline Marois (born March 29, 1949) would like to lower the voting age to 16 years old, as would Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.  Madame Marois was in London yesterday, but, after attending Davos (World Economic Forum (WEF), she will be traveling to Scotland to discuss this matter (sixteen-year-olds voting) with her homologue (counterpart) Alex Salmond (born 31 December 1954).

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has been described as an “opportunist.” (See Related Articles). We can now add that she will travel to great lengths to achieve her goals and reveal, by trying to justify her behavior, the manner in which votes may have been obtained in the September 2012 Quebec General Election.

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Pauliine Marois with Students (January 21, 2013

Pauline Marois with Students: Announcing Flag Day (January 21, 2013)

2) Pierre Duchesne: Monsieur Duchesne says “no,” for the moment, to the idea of tuition-free education for Québécois and Quebecers

Pierre Duchesne: Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology

“Pour la première fois aujourd’hui, le ministre Pierre Duchesne a opposé une fin de non-recevoir aux partisans de la gratuité scolaire, dans le cadre des discussions qui précèdent son grand Sommet sur l’éducation.”

Below, please find a correct, but general, rather than literal, translation, I moved a clause, of the above statement. My quotation was taken from the 27 January 2013 issue of the French-language newspaper La Presse.

“For the first time today, as part of the discussions preceding his great Summit on Education, Pierre Duchesne, [Quebec’s] Minister of Higher Education, told advocates of free tuition that the idea of free tuition would not be contemplated [during the Summit].”

It’s a dead-end.


It may be hasty to confirm that Pauline Marois, the Premier of Quebec, made promises she could not and cannot respect. However, her [presumed][i] attempt to enlist the help of Scottish First Minister, or use him as an example, suggests that she is seeking the support of very young students. Her traveling to Scotland also suggests that during the last Quebec General Election, 4 September 2012, students may have been used or manipulated so Pauline Marois could further personal goals.

A third referendum: “to separate” or “not to separate” from Canada, may be held sooner than later. (See CBC News)

Will Scotland’s possible or probable example make it easier for Madame Marois to lower the voting age to 16 years old?

Quebec Premier-elect Pauline Marois and her husband, Claude Blanchet, are among the dignitaries atending the funeral services for Denis Blanchette Monday, September 10, 2012 in Montreal. Richard Bain is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Blanchette and wounding another man outside the Parti Quebecois election night rally. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec Premier-elect Pauline Marois and her husband, Claude Blanchet, are among the dignitaries attending the funeral services for Denis Blanchette Monday, September 10, 2012 in Montreal. Richard Bain is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Blanchette and wounding another man outside the Parti Québécois election night rally. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Ryan Remiorz

This post was written yesterday evening, 27 January 2013, but I could not finish it because my very punctual cat started biting my clothes in an attempt to separate me from my computer? What, a separatist!

I have therefore updated the News links below.


The News

The New York Times
Le Monde diplomatique EN
The Washington Post
The Globe and Mail
The Montreal Gazette
CNN News
CBC News 
Le Devoir
La Presse
Le Monde
Le Monde diplomatique
Die Welt 
© Micheline Walker
January 28, 2013
[i] Presumed, because we do not know whether or not she has spoken with him.
Moreover, she has not met Alex Salmond yet, at least not officially. 
composer: Nicola Matteis  (fl. c. 1670 – after 1714), the earliest notable Italian Baroque violinist in London
title: Diverse bizzarie sopra la vecchia sarabanda
(Bizarre Variations on the old Sarabande)
performers: Music of the Spheres