Separatism has been a topic of conversation for a half-century now, and the Parti Québécois say if they're re-elected in a widely anticipated spring vote, they fully intend to talk about it some more.
The topic came up Wednesday night at the PQ's caucus retreat in Trois-Rivières.
An election call is likely to come within weeks, and Marois suggests if the PQ is re-elected, it would present a "white paper" on the province's future — a document which would effectively sound out Quebecers on whether or not to hold a third referendum on independence.
This tactic is nothing new — it was used by PQ founder René Lévesque, and just before the 1995 referendum.
Marois, however, wouldn't commit to holding a new independence referendum, suggesting, as many of her predecessors have, that a vote needs to happen "at the appropriate moment" — in other words, when the PQ believes it can win one.
Liberal leader Philippe Couillard, meantime, is calling the PQ's white paper idea little more than a distraction.
"It's another way to shift people's attention away from the true reality of Quebec, which is a very weak economy, [and] public finances that are very badly managed,'' he said.