The loss of a riding held by the provincial Liberals since 1985 in Monday night’s by-election is only the latest indication of Quebec Premier Jean Charest’s troubles. Released over the weekend, a poll conducted by Crop shows his Grits are on track for their worst electoral showing in over a half-century.
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I couldn't believe the results when I put Duceppe's numbers into the model. It isn't that the PQ with Duceppe would be at 49% that does it - the party has been at that level of support before. It's that they would face a seriously divided opposition.
It is, though, idle speculation. Unless something catastrophic happens, both Duceppe and Marois will lead their respective parties into the next federal and provincial election campaigns.