05/20/2015 06:28 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 05:59 EDT

Pierre Karl Peladeau: Canada Is An 'Imaginary Country'

QUEBEC - Imagination is overflowing in Quebec City these days.

A day after Premier Philippe Couillard attacked the sovereignty option being proposed by Pierre Karl Peladeau as an imaginary solution to a problem that doesn't exist, the new Parti Quebecois leader fired back.

"Listen, I think the imaginary country that the premier is talking about: it's Canada," Peladeau told reporters in Quebec City.

He noted that Canada unilaterally repatriated the Constitution in 1982 without Quebec's approval.

"So, if there's an imaginary country, it's the one that the premier had so much hoped for and we know that it is an optical illusion...it's the famous co-operative federalism," Peladeau concluded.

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