Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois says a separate Quebec would continue to use the Canadian dollar "for sure."
She repeated to reporters today that regardless of a "yes" vote in a referendum, Quebec would have a relationship with Canada similar to that found within the EU.
"You know, if you look at the European Union, each country has their own policy, but they accept to share their borders. Their money. They have the Euro."
While Canada could not prevent another country from using its currency, the Bank of Canada would still control the interest rates, the inflation rate and would be able to influence the value of the currency.
Marois says Quebec would also like a seat at the table. "It's important to have a place at this level. But if it is not the case...we will see," she says.
The European Union shares a common currency and a common monetary policy (control of the interest and inflation rates), but each separate country controls its own taxes and spending. Many experts believe this has contributed to the economic crisis in places like Greece and Spain.
But the PQ leader says English Canada has an interest in allowing Quebec influence within the Bank of Canada.
"Because we are eight million people living here in Quebec and we have an economy which is a rich one," she says.
Countries in the European Union also allow their citizens to travel and work in any member country, they maintain a common trade policy, and they hold a common parliament in Brussels.
Marois did not explain whether an independent Quebec would also seek any or all of these conditions.