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Quotes from Thursday's televised debate in Quebec

Quotes from Thursday's televised debate in QuebecQuebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard speaks to reporters following a Quebec provincial election leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, March 27, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL - Some quotes from the Quebec political leaders' televised debate on Thursday night:

Pauline Marois (Parti Quebecois):

"I find it catastrophic to think he (Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard) could one day lead Quebec and defend our language. He doesn't even understand the issues we're up against."

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"I've repeated it 100 times and I'm going to look you in the eye, tonight, Mr. Couillard: there will be no referendum as long as Quebecers aren't ready."

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Philippe Couillard (Liberals):

"I've kicked off every morning in this campaign with a proposal. I've never started one with insults about my opponents or used certain crude words that we've heard recently. Mudslinging is not a project for Quebec. Throwing dirt around to get elected is not my plan."

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"We've all heard you: 'There will be no referendum (...) until Quebecers want one.' You'll arrange it so they want one. The history of your party is the referendum trap every time you are in power." —speaking to Marois.

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Francois Legault (Coalition):

"Let's look at the nine Liberal years in power (2003-12). We were sixth among provinces in terms of wealth. Now we're ninth. There's only Prince Edward Island that's poorer than us now."

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"I have never seen a Liberal leader care less about French."— talking about Couillard.

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Francoise David (Quebec solidaire):

"Are you still a sovereigntist who doesn't dare say so, or are you a federalist who is a bit embarrassed?" — speaking to Legault, a former PQ cabinet minister.

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"We're not dreaming in colour...We know money doesn't grow on trees. I spoke earlier about increasing taxes on the capital of financial institutions."

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