Jean Charest has called the latest published poll results, showing his Liberal party losing the Sept. 4 Quebec election, “unreliable.”
But the actions of Charest and his party say otherwise.
When the Liberals spend more of their campaign budget on English television spots than usual, and when their leader spends time in the West Island and Outaouais in the last 10 days before a general election, it means something.
It means they’re in danger of losing even seats formerly considered safe.
The poll results from a survey conducted by Léger Marketing for the QMI news agency after last week’s crucial televised leaders’ debates, show Liberal support cratering.
The Liberals were a distant third in popularity among French-speaking voters — the choice of only 18 per cent — and third in every region except Montreal Island.
The poll results indicated that, barring a miracle, the Liberals were facing their worst defeat since 1976.
They also showed the Parti Québécois with less than overwhelming support, but enough for a slim majority in the National Assembly.
So with less than a week to go until the election, the federalist voter is faced with a difficult decision:
Go down with the Liberals, the only major party that is truly federalist.