South shore gathering for Liberals as a new poll gives them a 14-point lead over PQ

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

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