Harper tells France to stay out
[PoliticsWatch updated 6:30 p.m., January 22, 2007]
|French presidential candidate Segolene
OTTAWA — Prime
Minister Stephen Harper issued a rare warning to a foreign
politician late Monday afternoon.
The PMO released a statement criticizing the comment of
French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, who told
reporters in Paris that she was sympathetic to the Quebec
The Canadian Press reported that Royal said Quebec and France have common values, including "sovereignty and Quebec's freedom.''
She made the comments shortly after a meeting with Parti Quebecois
Leader Andre Boisclair.
"Experience teaches that it is highly inappropriate for a foreign leader to interfere in the democratic affairs of another
country," Harper said in a statement.
The PM then went further and seemed to suggest he wanted to avoid a
repeat of former French president Charles DeGualle's 1967
"Vive le Quebec libre" comments, which damaged diplomatic
relations between the two countries at the time.
He noted that soon Canada will mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Canada at Quebec City with the next President of
“We expect in turn that the next President will display an understanding of our shared history, and the respect for Canada and Canadians that such an important partnership requires.”
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