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Opponents react to CAQ threat to topple minority government

08/17/2012 04:16 EDT | Updated 10/17/2012 05:12 EDT
Political opponents took on Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault on Friday after he threatened this week to bring down a minority government if his party becomes the official opposition on election day.

Several recent opinion polls have shown that Quebec could see a minority government once the ballots are counted on Sept. 4. Any of the three leading parties – the Parti Québécois, the Liberals or the CAQ – could be heading that government, according to the trend pollsters are observing.

Legault said the Liberals are too corrupt to support and the PQ is too concerned about sovereignty to support.

"If ever [a minority government] was to happen, I think we would be in election sooner than later," said Legault on Thursday.

His political opponents retaliated Friday by saying that the CAQ leader is only thinking about himself.

"Fights and election repeats — as premier of Quebec, I find this very, very irresponsible," said Liberal Leader Jean Charest.

PQ Leader Pauline Marois agreed with Charest and said "Mr. Legault is saying that if that was the population's choice, he wouldn't respect it. That's worrisome for our democracy."

Both Charest and Marois said they haven't considered a minority government scenario and are both convinced they will be elected with strong majorities.

On Friday, Legault refused to speculate about minority governments and snap elections.

"I think we'll have a majority government, then we'll have elections every four years," said Legault.

The CAQ leader said he's through with speculations and is now running to win.

Legault's earlier comments surprised to political watchers including Yves Dupré, a political consultant with Octane Strategies.

"It's the first time in my like that I hear a politician say something like that before an election. It's suicide," said Dupré.

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