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Pauline Marois Used To Live In A Castle (PHOTOS)

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Why form a new country when you could probably just buy one?

That's the question that may enter your head after you see the photos of the castle Quebec's separatist premier-designate Pauline Marois used to live in.

That sale, however, wasn't the first time Marois' digs made headlines.

Marois and her husband sued the newspaper for defamation, asking for $2 million in damages. The case was settled out of court in March of 2011, according to Cités Nouvelles.

Marois' husband built his fortune first by selling gas stations, then in a series of jobs managing money for Quebec's government and then finally in real estate development, according to the Gazette.

The couple built their mansion in 1994. Sotheby's, the elite auction firm, helped them sell the property in January of this year. The home had been on the market for more than two years.

Marois has presented the PQ under her leadership as a party of the people. In the early days of the student protests she would often wear the red square that is emblematic of the movement sparked by a hike in tuition fees. Marois would later stop wearing the symbol. On Wednesday, the premier-designate announced her government intends to cancel the increase in tuition.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada, the union which represents 22,000 federal employees, even endorsed the separatist party during the recent campaign, arguing the question of sovereignty is less important than worker's rights.

While Marois may support working families, from the looks of her former abode money certainly isn't what's driving her own labours.

Pauline Marois' Former Castle
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