03/11/2014 11:03 EDT | Updated 05/11/2014 05:59 EDT

Pauline Marois says independent Quebec would welcome Canadian tourists

Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois says if Quebec separates from Canada, Canadian tourists would still be welcome to come visit.

The separatist party leader was in Lac-Mégantic, Que., to unveil her party’s tourism policy and introduce candidate Isabelle Hallé.

In response to a reporter’s question, Marois said an independent Quebec would still welcome Canadian tourists.

“We could continue to go see the Rockies in the West … or go to Prince Edward Island and [the rest of Canada] could continue to come visit us. There will be no borders and no tolls,” she said.

“But, like in other countries, the fact that we would be able to make our own decisions would give us more latitude, more freedom and allow us to concentrate on what’s important to us.”

The PQ leader also took the opportunity to promote tourism in the Lac-Mégantic region.

“It’s an exceptional region," she said. "I’ve been here a number of times since the unfortunate tragedy, and I’ve noted the beautiful countryside.”