In an interview on CBC Montreal's morning radio show Daybreak, Legault repeated his vow that he won't even consider independence for Quebec for at least 10 years.
But even as he discussed the issue that tends to rattle the bones of the province's minority linguistic groups, Legault sought to woo English-speaking voters, telling host Mike Finnerty that anglophones have a long, storied past in Quebec and are part and parcel of the province's vibrancy.
Legault has inflamed his campaign rivals with his delicate balancing act on the sovereignty issue. Liberal Leader Jean Charest has pointed to the CAQ leader's five years as a Parti Québécois cabinet minister and past support of independence, labeling him a closet sovereigntist.
Legault himself repeated on Tuesday that "I'm not a federalist, not a separatist. I'm a nationalist."