Quebec election: PQ leader fighting to revive sovereignty debate — and his own party
MONTREAL — The question of Quebec independence has been put on the back burner during Quebec's election campaign, but Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is fighting to secure a place for it — and his party — after the Oct. 3 vote. St-Pierre Plamondon, whose once-strong party has been relegated to last place in the polls, invoked the independence question during the final leaders debate on Thursday, making a direct appeal to sovereigntists who jumped ship to the Coalition Avenir Quebec in the 2018 election.
MONTREAL — As the Quebec election campaign enters its final weekend the main party leaders are fanning out across the province. © Provided by The Canadian Press
Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault is to have breakfast with supporters in Chibougamau and then travel around 600 kilometres south to Mont-Laurier in the province's Laurentians, where he will meet with supporters in the evening.
Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade will be campaigning in three ridings where her party is polling in third place.
Today, she's headed to the Gaspé Peninsula and will also visit the Îles-de-la-Madeleine — which her party lost by 15 votes in 2018. A trip to Kuujjuaq, the largest village in Quebec's northern Nunavik region, is scheduled for tomorrow.
Quebec election: New poll has four opposition parties almost equal, CAQ way ahead
MONTREAL — Quebec's governing Coalition Avenir Québec is benefiting from an almost even split among its four main opponents, according to a Leger poll released Tuesday. The survey, published by Le Journal de Montréal, has the Quebec Liberal Party, the Conservative Party of Quebec and Québec solidaire tied at 16 per cent, with the Parti Québécois close behind at 13 per cent. Support for the CAQ — at 38 per cent — is more than double that of its closest rivals.
Québec solidaire spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois will be in Montreal and plans to campaign in three ridings that were won by the Liberals in the last election, including Anglade's riding of St-Henri—Ste-Anne.
Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is to make several stops today from Quebec City to Longueuil, while on Sunday his campaign will fly to multiple parts of the province.
Conservative Leader Éric Duhaime plans to start the day going door to door in Quebec City before heading to a rally in Pointe-Claire, a largely English-speaking Montreal suburb.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2022.
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