Quebec election 2014: 5 questions about the campaign
Published Sunday, April 6, 2014 1:07PM EDT
Quebec’s party leaders are heading into the final stretch of campaigning before voters head to the polls Monday in what could be a critical vote that will shape the province's future.
CTVNews.ca looks back at critical moments in the campaign – one that’s been largely negative, with mudslinging from all sides.
What message are the party leaders driving home on the final day of campaigning?
Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois is reaching out to francophone voters in particular with the message that the only way to prevent another Liberal government is to vote PQ.
Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, whose party is leading in the polls, is turning his attention to Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) supporters to stress that the only way to stop a future referendum is to vote Liberal.
The CAQ, meanwhile, is enjoying a sudden surge in support, with the latest polling numbers putting them at 25 per cent, trailing just behind the PQ's 27 per cent; the Liberals, meanwhile, hold 39 per cent support.
What's driving voters?
Voters have said the top priorities of the next government should be strengthening the economy, creating jobs and providing better health care. However, that might not be what's driving them to vote in Monday's election. The latest polls show two-thirds of Quebecers don't want another referendum. Political analysts suggest that comments made by Marois about what currency and borders would look like in an independent Quebec was enough to chip away at the PQ's support, even though the party entered the campaign leading the polls.
Will the next government be a majority or minority?
With the CAQ seeing a surge in support, experts are predicting a Liberal minority will form the next Quebec government.
What's behind CAQ’s rise?
Dan Gagnier, who served as chief of staff to former Quebec premier Jean Charest, points to the entry of PQ candidate Pierre Karl Peladeau as the start of the CAQ’s rise in support.
Peladeau, a media mogul, launched his candidacy with a passionate pro-sovereignty declaration, saying he wants to "make Quebec a country."
"The event around Pierre Karl Peladeau was a very early definition for what seemed to be the question of another referendum," Gagnier told CTV's Question Period.
He added that a number of other voters have been turned off by the "mudslinging" during the campaign.
What was Marois' biggest mistake?
Experts say that the PQ leader attempted to carry the campaign on her own, and as CTV's political analyst Jean Lapierre points out, "There was never a love affair between Marois and Quebecers."
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