Federal political leaders are keeping a close eye on Quebec’s election, but are not likely to intervene too directly. Mulcair has fully three-quarters of all Quebec MPs in his caucus, and he has already given the order for them to stay out of the campaign.
CBC will be carrying his comments live.
In launching the campaign, Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois kept her message clearly focused on the economy.
With no mention of sovereignty or the contentious Charter of Values, there is no direct challenge to Ottawa.
The closest Marois came to alluding to sovereignty was in her direct pitch to Quebecers to vote for her party, "It's to (voters) now to make a choice, the only interesting choice for Quebec's future."