09/09/2015 05:20 EDT | Updated 09/09/2016 05:12 EDT

Parti Quebecois To Renew Sovereignty Campaign Before 2018 Quebec Election

QUEBEC — The Parti Quebecois is set to embark on a campaign to promote sovereignty, with the goal being to convince Quebecers of its merits before the 2018 election.

Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau says the party wants to be ready by the next provincial vote to be able to respond to its rivals' attacks on sovereignty.

Peladeau wants all Quebec nationalists and pro-independence supporters to focus on what they have in common.

He said in Quebec City today that the best way to defend the interests of Quebecers is to make Quebec a country.

There are reports Peladeau wants to create a so-called "training school" where the merits of independence would be taught.

The PQ leader was short on details when asked about the school.

"We will take the appropriate steps to ensure we demonstrate the advantages and benefits of Quebec independence," he said.

"We intend to have answers to questions. We intend to fight what has been the usual policy or strategy of federalists, who are saying we don't have the means and the capacity to be a country.

"As you can obviously consider, I believe completely the opposite."


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