Charest urges rival to run for a seat in legislature
Jean Charest, Quebec
Published Saturday, December 10, 2011 7:28AM EST
QUEBEC, Que. - Quebec's premier is challenging the leader of a popular new political party to back up his words with action -- and to do it soon.
Jean Charest is urging Francois Legault, head of the Coalition For Quebec's Future, to run for a seat in the Quebec legislature.
Charest notes that Legault, a former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister, has said that he wants to return to the legislature
Legault, however, chose to sit out the byelection on Monday that was won by Charest's Liberals.
According to the latest polls, the Coalition For Quebec's Future is the most popular party in the province.
A key plank of the Legault platform has been to shelve any talk of a sovereignty referendum.
But Charest insists Legault is still a sovereigntist -- telling reporters yesterday that if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's a duck.