PQ to keep power for next Four years under new bill

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 11/7/2012 2:29:00 PM

The Parti Quebecois has tabled new legislation that says Pauline Marois has the right to stay in power for the next 4 years.

The new bill creates fixed election dates in Quebec. That includes a fixed date for when the Marois government will next answer to voters: September 26, 2016.

Minister Bernard Drainville says, under this law, the opposition is morally obliged to keep the PQ in power.

"Obviously if they vote in favour of that bill and then vote down the government before the date, they're going to have to explain to Quebec citizens," he says.

This bill can not stop the opposition from voting against the PQ in a confidence motion, and so, launching an election.

But, Drainville says the other parties will pay the political consequences if they do.

"Because this is the way it works, because to the whole idea to fix an election date is to fix an election date," he says.


Liberals interim leader Jean-Marc Fournier says he hopes the Parti Quebecois still beleives in democracy.

"If they say that this law is overriding all principal of our democracy, I think its the law that's going to be unconstitutional," says Fournier.

Won't support

CAQ leader François Legault says, while he would otherwise support most of the bill, he can not vote in favour of a law that says the PQ can not be held to account until 2016.

"Right now, with the minority government that we have, of course people are already unhappy, so I don't see how we can suffer under that for four years."

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