The Parti Québécois would form the next government of Quebec if elections were at hand, according to a current Léger Marketing poll for the QMI news agency.
The Léger Marketing poll shows PQ at 33 percent, Liberals 28, and CAQ at 27 percent, according to a News Canada report.
If the poll results prove accurate, constitutional turmoil for Canada may be only weeks away. The last time the separatists were this strong was during the 1990s. Quebec’s general elections are scheduled for September 4, and polling suggests the separatist movement is highly energized.
The implications of Quebec voting for sovereignty are many and varied in political consequence. Nevertheless, the most significant Quebec election issue could turn out to be separation, as analysts say PQ leader Pauline Marois would hold a referendum on sovereignty quickly should PQ take power under her mayorship.
Recently, the separatist party said it would disregard Canada's Supreme Court, strengthen French language laws and ban government workers from overtly displaying religious symbols while on the job.
Regarding religious symbols, one PQ candidate implied the Supreme Court of Canada would no longer pass judgments for Quebec under a separatist Quebec government.
"Our boss is not the Supreme Court of Canada — our boss is the will of the people of Quebec," said Jean-Francois Lisée, a PQ candidate and longtime party adviser, in an interview with the Canadian Press.
"We do not want to legislate while taking into account Canadian judges. We will legislate considering the interests of Quebecers," said Lisée.
For her part, PQ leader Pauline Marois says she'll lead with "sovereigntist governance."
With the separatist movement in high gear again, many Canadians are trying to figure out how a sovereign state in the belly of a larger sovereign country would work.
The PQ party claims a sovereign Quebec government would demand that the Canadian federal government relinquish its powers and funding on a host of vital interests such as employment insurance, communications and culture, and economic regional development.
Quebec has a population of about 8 million and Canada has a population of about 33.5 million counting Quebec.