Quebec's elections office is now denying that preparations for a sovereignty referendum will begin shortly after a PQ victory on April 7.
The DGE issued a statement this morning contradicting one of its own spokespeople, Denis Dion, who told Quebec City's Le Soleil newspaper matter-of-factly last night that "if the Parti Québécois wins a majority, we're off."
This morning, a statement issued by the elections office calls the statement to Le Soleil "regrettable".
"It has never been a question at the DGE to in any way prepare for a referendum in the foreseeable future on any sort of timetable," the statement reads. "What had been published does not reflect in any way the intentions of the Director-General of Elections.
"The DGE apologizes to voters and the population for the confusion that declaration might have caused."