A Quebec election coming April 14?

Pauline Marois greated at caucus
Angelica Montgomery/CJAD

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.

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  1. clint posted on 02/05/2014 04:01 PM
    Well if anyone thought "The Charter" was divisive....
    As B.T.O once said....."You ain't seen nothin' yet !"
    Fasten your seat-belts everyone....this is going to get nasty.
  2. sam posted on 02/05/2014 05:20 PM
    Election on April 14? First day of Passover? Why not show lack of hypocrisy and call the election a few days later on Easter Good Friday and show, by example, that the Secular Charter is really not a Charter of Intolerance of Minorities.
  3. Steve posted on 02/05/2014 05:34 PM
    Have the Liberals recovered yet from having been just about the most corrupt government this province had ever seen? Or am I going to have to waste another vote on the CAQ?
  4. Mordecai posted on 02/05/2014 06:15 PM
    The PQ once again shows what it feels about minorities and specifically the Jewish community. The day before Passover is the busiest day of the year for the Jewish housewife, and makes it extremely hard, if not impossible, for her to take time off to go and vote. This disenfranchises a large segment of our population. Whatever happened to equality between men and women as tabled in Bill 60? Women will be discriminated against! You know why they scheduled an election for Passover? They're hoping for an Exodus!! Let's stand our ground and vote to make sure they are the ones to have an exodus...from government!
  5. walter posted on 02/06/2014 09:24 AM
    Hopefully the Liberals and the CAQ can educate most of the population, that the reason Quebec economy is in the dumps, is not because of immigrants and Islam.

    It's sad that in 2014, the government still uses scare tactics to win election.
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