The Québec electoral horse race just grew more complex with the latest polls showing a narrowing of the gap between the Liberals and the CAQ with the PQ pulling slightly further ahead. The poll done by well established Québec pollsters shows the PQ at 35 % with the Liberals at 29.9 % and the CAQ at 24.5 % At these levels of support depending on how the vote would be allocated among constituencies the PQ would be likely to win a small majority or a very strong minority. The poll was conducted by Léger with the sample drawn from an on line population fitting the population characteristics of the Québec electorate. Although pollsters insist these sorts of polls are reliable there are problems with the self selected population from which the samples are drawn. So they may be somewhat unreliable. Nevertheless the results are close to the most recent other poll that shows the PQ at 33 %, the Liberals at 28 % and the CAQ at 27 %.
Sunday evening the first of several leader debates takes place. Obvious themes to be debated include the issue of corruption, the state of the health care system, the goal of fuller employment announced by Jean Charest’s Liberal party, the question of extending Bill 101 and the controversy over reasonable accommodation as opposed to unreasonable prejudice, fiscal balance,the environment, public transportation and the metropolis, the goal of sovereignty and its impact upon economic stability, education and tuition fees to name a number of leading issues. given the polls expect the debates to sharp and pointed.