Quebec's new premier ready to work with Canadians

Quebec's Premier elect Philippe Couillard gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the...

Quebec's Premier elect Philippe Couillard gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the National Assembly in Quebec City, April 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:14 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Quebec's premier-elect says he's ready to sit down with counterparts in the rest of Canada to "create jobs and prosperity."

Philippe Couillard, whose Liberals rolled to victory in Monday's election, reiterated his federalist stripes Tuesday during his first news conference after Grits trounced the Parti Quebecois.

One priority will be to meet counterparts from Ontario and the Atlantic provinces, he told reporters in Quebec City.

"Quebec is one of the founders of this country," said Couillard, 56. "For me it's important that we find our leadership role once again with our partners from the other Canadian provinces, territories, with the federal government.

"We will "¦ remind them to what extent our specific character is part of Canada's nature, even its fibre, and that we want to create jobs and prosperity in collaboration with all of our Canadian colleagues."


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