Voters in Canada’s French-speaking province of Quebec will cast their ballots in provincial elections, with a separatist party looking to return to power. Voters in Quebec will head to the polls on Tuesday, amid rising frustration with the current government led by Liberal leader Jean Charest, who has been in power for about a decade.
According to the latest opinion polls conducted by Forum Research, the pro-independence opposition party, Parti Quebecois, was in the lead with 36 percent of the votes and the incumbent Liberal party stood at second place with 29 percent. The polls also showed that the Coalition Avenir Quebec Party (CAQ) received 25 percent of the votes.Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois earlier said that if she won the elections for a new Quebec government, she would call for a referendum on the separation of Quebec from Canada. Marois also pledged that she would roll back the government’s proposed tuition fee rises, if her party won the elections. Since February, students have been protesting against the hikes and the provincial government’s controversial anti-protest Bill 78. The protests later turned into a larger movement dubbed as the “maple revolution,” which reveals deeper social unrest. SAB/HJL