Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence leader meets Marois

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

Scot­land’s in­de­pen­dence leader avoided the pub­lic spot­light as he was vis­ited Tues­day by a coun­ter­part — Que­bec Pre­mier Pauline Marois. Scot­tish leader Alex Sal­mond did not at­tend a me­dia event af­ter the meet­ing, no news agency pho­tog­ra­phers were al­lowed in to pho­to­graph him with Marois, and his of­fice down­played the event. A spokes­woman for Sal­mond de­scribed it as a sim­ple “courtesy” meet­ing and said he had sev­eral sim­i­lar ones also planned for Tues­day. Marois blamed the pro­to­col of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment on Sal­mond not ap­pear­ing in pub­lic with her. A ref­er­en­dum on Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence is set for the fall of 2014. Two rea­sons might ex­plain Sal­mond’s no-show: he may not have wanted to alien­ate the fed­eral government, and he may not have been ea­ger to be seen in pub­lic with the leader of a party that had lost its own in­de­pen­dence votes — twice.

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