After two embarassing international forays, it would be hard for Royal to screw up a third time; nevertheless, she did, and on her own turf. During a radio interview with the head of the Quebec independence movement, Royal expressed her support for "freedom, and the independence of Quebec." These comments were nearly universally condemned in Canada, first by the head of the Liberal federalist party, Stephen Dion:
"She does not understand, you do not interfere in the affairs of a friendly country, you do not wish for the dismantling of a friendly country. Canada does not wish for the dismantling of France and France certainly does not wish for the dismantling of Canada."
She was even scolded by the Prime Minister of Quebec, Jean Charest, especially because she has previously rejected his official invitation to visit the province.
If that wasn't enough, Royal is having to go so far as defend her marriage, as rumors fly in the wake of a public tax feud.
"It is important that the rumours stop, that we are left in peace. Every day we hear something new about our relationship. The French people are tired of this intrusion into our private lives."
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