10/26/2013 12:50 EDT | Updated 12/26/2013 05:12 EST

Quebec premier nixes election call in 2013

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois says her Parti Québécois government does not intend to call a general election in 2013.

Premier Pauline Marois ended speculation about an end-of-year election during a brief news conference with reporters at the end of a two-day retreat with her cabinet in Saint-Michel-des-Saints in the Lanaudière region.

Marois said instead that she will call byelections in the Montreal riding of Outremont and the Laval riding of Viau. The likely date for those byelections is Dec. 9 — the same date that was predicted for an early election call.

That Dec. 9 date has been bandied about for weeks, as political pundits focused on the question of whether the PQ government has the support right now to win a majority.

Reports suggest Marois’ cabinet is divided on the issue of calling an election.

At the outset of the Lanaudière retreat, AlexandreCloutier, the PQ’s Intergovernmental Affairs Minister, told reporters that he was not in favour of sending Quebecers to the polls, but he acknowledged that the feeling was not unanimous among his fellow cabinet ministers.