UPDATE: DGE issues correction; says there are no referendum plans

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."

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  1. Barcham posted on 03/28/2014 11:22 AM
    If these guys ever lose their jobs, they can always apply to a circus for a clown position. Of course, they may have competition from unemployed PQ ministers also looking for a new job. Just when you think things could not get any more ridiculous, someone else opens their mouth and proves you wrong. There's nothing like a Quebec election to make you laugh, it even gives Just For Laughs a run for their money. :D
  2. markR posted on 03/28/2014 11:22 AM
    Regrettable that it was shared or regrettable that it's the sad truth if PQ wins?
  3. Paul Vincent posted on 03/28/2014 12:29 PM
    It's seems painfully obvious to many so far that the DGE is and has been in cahoots with the Parti Quebecois and that this comment by Dion now shows to what extent as they admit being ready to prep for a referendum.
    Our elections should be monitored by the United Nations like any other third-world region led by an oppressive government, especially when that government has preferential access to 40% of that region's media.
    Eyes wide open please.
    1. markR posted on 03/28/2014 02:08 PM
      @Paul Vincent ... and our Prime Minister is too busy championing the cause for Ukraine and ignoring the destruction of democracy in the province of Quebec.
  4. George73 posted on 03/28/2014 03:22 PM
    The PQ were obviously right to question the competence of the office of the DGE. If the DGE cannot control his own spokesperson, why should one believe that he can supervise a fair election? Bring in UN Observers. This is a banana republic.
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