It was an upbeat Philippe Couillard who greeted a small, but very vocal crowd of supporters at a campaign event in St-Hyacinthe Friday night.
They have good reasons to feel energized: the latest poll shows 40 percent of the electorate backing the Liberals, while only 26 are supporting the PQ.
The poll puts the Liberals in the area of a minority to slim majority government.
The Liberal leader didn't make any big announcements - it was more of a meet-and-greet as he presented the party's candidates for the Monteregie area.
Couillard touched on the same themes he's been on since the start of the campaign: jobs, the economy, an inclusive and bilingual Quebec and PQ leader Pauline Marois' supposed plan for a referendum if she is re-elected.
Couillard said his party is embracing the province's young people, who want good jobs and are open to the world.
He drew a strong contrast with Marois, which he painted as job-killing and intolerant.
The event was just one of many Couillard has planned over the weekend as he embarks on one last pre-election, province-wide push.
An EKOS-iPolitics survey for La Presse also shows the CAQ continues to gain ground with 21 per cent backing and Quebec Solidaire is at 9 per cent.
Photo credit: Patrick Lejtenyi