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Did Jean Charest snub the CBC this morning? Maybe. The premier abruptly cancelled a scheduled appearance on Daybreak earlier today, ostensibly due to a busy schedule — only to sit down with Andrew Carter over at CJAD.
At OpenFile, curation editor Sarah Leavitt writes that, during the course of the interview, Charest agreed to take part in an English-language debate on the station, but only on the condition that that the PQ’s Pauline Marois and the CAQ’s François Legault join him. Those other guys — you know, Québec Solidaire member Amir Khadir and Option Nationale leader Jean-Martin Aussant? Whatever.
One place you will likely not see Marois is at a student protest. Last night, despite her calls for a truce — an appeal echoed by FECQ pres-turned-PQ Laval-des-Rapides candidate Léo Bureau-Blouin (who was once a #manifencours posterboy, but we digress) — casseroles once again sounded through Montreal’s streets. The Montreal Gazette’s Christopher Curtis reports that one protester denounced Marois, who once proudly sported the red square, for her politically opportunistic approach to #ggi.
Meanwhile, Charest made his opinion known on the issue of Quebec sovereignty by trotting out the referendum boogeyman, striking fear into the hearts of anglophone Quebecers. As reported by, among others, the Canadian Press, Charest equated a spoilt ballot (or one wasted on another party) as a vote for severing ties with Canada.
Earlier today, the CAQ’s Legault tried currying favour with the Quebec electorate by promising he’d make like Bob Barker and hand out a doctor to every resident. (And, perhaps, a BRAND NEW CAR!) (That’s not actually true.)
Sick of the election yet? It’s far from over! ■