Pauline Marois may be telling those vying to replace her to drop out in order to improve Pierre Karl Peladeau's chances of winning.
Both the Journal de Quebec and CJAD's political analyst Jean Lapierre say they have sources telling them just that.
The former Parti Quebecois premier has asked Jean-François Lisée to step away from the race, the Journal is reporting.
Lapierre, in the meantime, says he knows of three potential candidates who have all been approached by Marois.
"Pauline Marois is on the phone, trying to convince candidates to get out of the race so that Pierre Karl can get elected," he told the Andrew Carter Morning Show.
According to the Journal de Quebec, a staff member working for Pauline Marois is denying that she is trying to influence the PQ leadership.
Lapierre says he believes the ex-premier will have little sway. "These days [if you get] a call from Madame Marois, you'd say 'Ah, bonjour Madame Marois, how are you?' and then you'd say 'Oh sorry Pauline, I have another call on the line'."
Yesterday one possible contender, Réjean Hébert, announced that he would not be entering the race after all.