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Updated: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:21:10 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Pauline Marois says independent Quebec would have no borders or tolls



Parti Québécois leader Pauline unveils her party's tourism platform in Lac-Mégantic, Que. CBC

Parti Québécois leader Pauline unveils her party's tourism platform in Lac-Mégantic, Que. CBC

Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois says if Quebec separated from Canada, there would be no borders or tolls imposed. 

The separatist party leader was in Notre-Dame-des-Bois near Lac-Mégantic, Que., to unveil her party’s tourism policy and introduce candidate Isabelle Hallé.

When asked by a reporter, "Would an independent Quebec be more attractive to tourists?" Marois said a sovereign Quebec would still welcome Canadian tourists.

“We could continue to go see the Rockies in the West … or go to Prince Edward Island and [the rest of Canada] could continue to come visit us. There will be no borders and no tolls,” she said.

The EU model

“But, like in other countries, the fact that we would be able to make our own decisions would give us more latitude, more freedom and allow us to concentrate on what’s important to us.”

Later on Tuesday, Marois elaborated on how an independent Quebec would impact travellers. 

She said travel between Quebec and the rest of Canada would operate like the European Union, where members of individual countries can cross borders without showing a passport. 

"People would be able to travel freely through Quebec, and Quebecers would continue to be able to visit the Maritimes and British Columbia. That's all I was trying to say this morning," Marois said.

She added that the EU model would still require citizens of Quebec to have their own unique citizenship and passports.

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