The two main opposition parties of Quebec have revealed their intention to oppose the upcoming separatist Parti Quebecois government’s budget, further confirming growing speculations of an evident spring election, and also raising the possibility of an eventual third referendum on independence from Canada.
The Parti Quebecois is currently in charge of a minority government and poll shows it will not lose it in case the province heads to a new election. Hence, PQ has signaled numerously that it might itself call an election on its own in the next two weeks, before it is brought down by a vote on its budget. In case Premier Pauline Marois decides not to call an election on her own, her Parti Quebecois would need the support of either the Quebec Liberals or the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ), however both have openly vowed to oppose the budget. Quebec Liberals leader, Philippe Couillard, is reported to have said that “It will be impossible for us to support the budget,” whereas CAQ spokesman, Jean-Francois Del Torchio, alleged that “we’ll be voting against if there is a vote.”