Marois seems to express some regret about PQ campaign

Premier Pauline Marois appeared to have some regret on Saturday that she allowed herself to get bogged down in the sovereignty issue as the provincial election campaign entered its final weekend.

When asked Saturday if she could change one aspect of her Parti Quebecois election campaign, Marois told reporters she likely ``wouldn't answer questions about sovereignty, given that the key issue remains the choice of a government, a strong government.''

The PQ normally avoids talking up the issue during a campaign because of its divisive nature, but hopes of avoiding the topic were derailed early on when star candidate Pierre Karl Peladeau passionately declared his commitment to making Quebec a country.

Soon after, Marois was openly speculating what the currency and borders would look like in an independent Quebec.

The PQ, which called the election when its minority government was atop the polls, has been slumping since.

The latest survey suggests the PQ is losing support to Francois Legault's third-place Coalition party and the social democratic separatist party Quebec solidaire.

The Liberals hold the lead.

But Marois said the race isn't over yet and she's still hopeful about the result of Monday's vote. She said her team is best equipped to run the province.

"Everything is possible on Monday, and I will work with our party faithful who are very motivated to get out the vote,'' Marois said.

For his part, the rival Legault had a spring in his step as he urged voters who may be fed up with the PQ and Liberals to give him a chance.

Legault presented his Coalition party as the best option for those wary of another referendum under the PQ and the ``worn-out'' Liberals, who he said haven't changed since being in power for nine years under Jean Charest.

"There's a real choice, there's a real alternative, finally, after 40 years, to revive Quebec,'' Legault said in Quebec City.

As head of the Coalition, the former PQ minister promises to set aside the debate over sovereignty to focus on the economy.

He's also in favour of a secular charter, though it wouldn't go as far the PQ's proposal.

According to polls, Legault's party is gaining in popularity in the final days of the campaign, though it still remains behind the PQ and the first-place Liberals.

Legault said he has the momentum on his side, insisting once again he still has a shot at becoming Quebec's next premier.

At a news conference, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard urged those considering throwing their support to Legault to think strategically.

He warned that a vote for the Coalition party would likely hand power to the PQ.

Couillard promised to implement a plan to jumpstart Quebec's economy ``within hours of the election'' and urged Liberal party faithful to rally to get the Liberals a majority.

A Leger Marketing poll released Saturday pegged the Liberals at 38 per cent, compared with 29 per cent for the Parti Quebecois, 23 per cent for the Coalition party, and nine per cent for Quebec solidaire.

The April 2-3 online survey of 1,220 Quebecers was conducted for Le Journal de Montreal and is considered accurate within 3.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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  1. clint posted on 04/05/2014 07:12 PM
    I was really hoping that a Pauline, a woman, would step up to the plate and show the men how to run this province. All she had to do was govern properly, propose solid options to fix the economy, create a feeling of togetherness to do this and she would have her majority no problem. Instead we got a leader with no plans or thoughts of any kind and enough bizarre actions , reactions and voice clips that a team of comedy writers could never imagine. I am going to miss the daily guffaws that the PQ have given us and I may have to start following Rob Ford to ease the campaign withdrawal I will be going through....... Pauline ya had yer chance but ya blew it.
  2. Kari posted on 04/05/2014 07:37 PM
    Notice she said she wouldnt have answered questions about sovereignty, she would have rather kept her " little secret ".
    Underhanded to the end.
    Good riddance to her.
  3. More BS posted on 04/06/2014 05:59 AM
    I hope her and her gang of imbeciles choke on their sovereignty crap that they have been trying to feed Quebeckers for decades. The people of this province have been saying for years and through two neverendums that no one wants their crap but they would not listen. Now she ,pkp and Madame Bertrand can go jump in a pool and soak.
  4. Purr posted on 04/06/2014 06:06 AM
    The PQ know their time is up. They've spent the last two years turning a blind eye to the economy and instead focused on turning neighbour against neighbour. After being unemployed for the last 16 months due to the mining downturn, I for one would welcome anyone who promises 'to implement a plan to jumpstart Quebec's economy.'
  5. Karla Liebrandt posted on 04/06/2014 11:28 AM
    Lets hope that on Monday night she will have regretted calling this election in the first place. Maybe one day the PQ will grow up and realize that Quebecers have move on from the idea of sovereignty, but for some reason I doubt it.
  6. Markymark posted on 04/06/2014 02:26 PM
    In other words, I should have lied right up front about a referendum or pushing for "winning conditions".
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