Newspaper article The Canadian Press

PQ Leadership Hopeful Martine Ouellet Committed to Referendum in First Mandate

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

PQ Leadership Hopeful Martine Ouellet Committed to Referendum in First Mandate

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PQ's Ouellet committed to referendum timeline

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QUEBEC - Parti Quebecois leadership hopeful Martine Ouellet said Thursday the turmoil resulting from Britain's ''Brexit'' vote won't make her rethink her referendum timeline.

Of the five candidates vying to replace Pierre Karl Peladeau as the sovereigntist party's permanent leader, Ouellet is the only one thus far who has committed to calling a referendum in a first mandate as premier.

At a news conference, Ouellet said she believes the economic and political instability in the wake of the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union is temporary.

"I think it will fall into place, I'm not worried," she said, adding Britain has "all the strength it needs economically" to weather the turmoil of the financial markets. …

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