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QuickQuotes on Lowe's purchase of Rona

MONTREAL – Quotes on Lowe’s offer to buy Quebec-based Rona for $3.2 billion:

“We’re facing the situation where we’re going to lose another head office and this is certainly not good for Quebec. We’ve been losing head offices one after another. Remember Bell Astra? Remember Rio Tinto Alcan? Remember Provigo?. At the end of the day, what’s going on? — Parti Quebecois Leader Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau, who wants Premier Philippe Couillard to do whatever he can to block the deal.

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“We are losing our capacity to take decisions and to control our economy.” — Peladeau.

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“What really matters to us as a government is to really make sure the jobs are maintained in Quebec. Not only maintained but that there is a possibility of growth for those jobs.” — Quebec Economy Minister Dominique Anglade.

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“I only heard this morning that it had happened, that it was a friendly acquisition and that I think also the company Lowe is pledging to keep their Canadian headquarters in Boucherville, where Rona was based. It seems to have gone well.” Marc Garneau, a longtime Quebec-based MP who is currently federal transport minister.

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“Managers at Lowe’s need to know that we’ll be very vigilant regarding the more than 2,000 Teamster jobs at Rona.” — Serge Berube, president of local 1999.