No Quebec election on Dec. 9?
The Parti Quebecois have appeared to be beating the battle drum toward an election for two months, and most pundits had been urging us to circle December 9th on our calendars as the most likely date.
But now, some PQ cabinet ministers are throwing a vat of cold water on those simmering rumours.
"Voters don't want an election," says deputy premier François Gendron. "You need to have a reason to have an election. I don't see one."
The PQ cabinet will nonetheless be spending Friday and Saturday at a two-day cabinet retreat, where they are largely believed to be weighing whether or not to launch an election call.
But, the party is making a clear attempt to calm expectations before the summit even starts.
"Maybe the leader of the second opposition wants an election," premier Pauline Marois told in the National Assembly today, responding to a question from CAQ leader François Legault.
"That's not true in our case."
There's no "national urgency" to call an election, says Jean-François Lisée, adding that his party hasn't yet decided. "I think they are very divided."
At the same time, minister Bernard Drainville is also batting off a request from Quebec Solidaire to respect a fixed election date.
The apparent change of heart comes the day after a new Leger poll suggested the PQ were comfortably ahead in terms of the francophone vote, but stood little chance of turning their minority government into a majority.