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Quebec Premier Pauline Marois tries to reassure multinational corporations

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LONDON - Quebec Premier Pauline Marois says she has made an effort to reassure multinational corporations concerned about the policies of her Parti Quebecois government.

Marois says her visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, helped raise awareness about investing in the province.

After meeting with top executives, Marois says she's convinced many companies are interested in Quebec.

The PQ government came under criticism last fall for elements of its economic plan, including higher taxes for the wealthy and increased mining royalties.

The province is hoping to attract new companies with a 10-year tax holiday for investments of $300-million or more in some sectors, and extra money for research and development.

Marois says she met with a dozen multinational corporations in Davos, including Ericsson, Volvo, and Lockheed Martin, and concluded that many of them are interested in the province.

The Quebec premier is in the middle of a trip overseas that also includes stops in England and Scotland.

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