Election talk is in the air as Parti Quebecois MNAs converge in Shawinigan for a two-day caucus retreat.
The premier is thinking about launching the call on March 12, which would have Quebecers go to the polls on April 14, says La Presse newspaper.
"I'm not the one to decide," says minister Yves-François Blanchet.
"I do not know when the next elections will happen. I have no control over that," says minister Bernard Drainville. They were only a few of many members of Marois’ cabinet that would neither confirm or deny the rumours.
The party may feel encouraged by a recent up-tick in the polls, following the debate over the charter of secularism. It may also want to take advantage of recent troubles Philippe Couillard has faced over the issue.
Last fall, the deputy premier had said a government needs a reason to launch an election. At the time, François Gendren said he could not see one.
But today, he says there is reason to be prepared.
“Let’s not forget that the pressure is very strong. Because we have a leader, the CAQ party, that is getting very excited. Very worked up,” adding that they could step forward with a confidence motion.
The rumoured date of April 14th would also mean election night would fall on the first night of Passover.