Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Pauline Marois weighs in on the Inuit deal

Not quite what I was expecting, but it's right up there:
Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois says a deal to create self-government for the province's 10,000 Inuit would help smooth relations with the indigenous group in an independent Quebec.

Ottawa, Quebec and the Inuit have reached an agreement in principle that would create the Regional Government of Nunavik in a vast territory that makes up a third of the province – an area larger than France.

Ms. Marois backs the deal because it would give the Inuit more powers and greater control over their land, she said in an interview after announcing she will seek election to the National Assembly in a riding in Quebec's Charlevoix region.

“It would allow us to better work together” in an independent Quebec, she added. “ … They'll be reassured because they'll have the tools to develop within the context of a Québécois state, and we'll recognize those rights; it will be healthier.”