Less than 24 hours after the premier and several ministers, including Quebec's attorney general, raised the alarm about the election being stolen by "the Rest of Canada," the Parti Quebecois is dialling down its allegations.
"There is no question of disputing the integrity of the chief electoral officer," says Justice minister and attorney general, Bertrand St-Arnaud today.
Both he and Pauline Marois say they are re-assured by the electoral officer's statements that in some of the ridings in question, registration is actually lower now than it was in 2012.
The electoral officer also said that the report that some ridings were a cause for concern had actually originated from a political party which he would not name, and he said the information was unfounded.
Jacques Drouin also criticized the Justice Minister for raising the alarm about the election and placing orders to his office, which is meant to be independent.
But the premier and the attorney general say they had good reason to be concerned, due to media reports and the fact that the present of a registration committee had resigned.
"I think they were legitimate worries. There were questions to ask," says St-Arnaud, but he says his party will remain vigilant.