PQ Support Dwindles as Sovereignty Debates Give Way to Nationalism, Says Professor

The Parti Québécois has battled historic lows in its popular support throughout 2022 as many supporters in Quebec shift their single-minded focus on sovereignty to other concerns.
Yannick Dufresne, a political science professor at Laval University, says he believes just over one-third of Quebecers support political independence for the province, yet throughout 2022 the PQ has placed fifth in opinion polls among the five major parties taking part in the Oct. 3 provincial election.
Meanwhile, Premier Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ)—which favours nationalism, advocating for a stronger Quebec within Canada—enjoys a comfortable lead, and Quebec’s other sovereignist party, Québec solidaire (QS), has been placing fourth….

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