The upcoming Quebec provincial election on September 4 wouldn't seem to matter much to those outside Quebec, but for the student protests in Montréal. You almost feel like you need to know how the election turns out.
Jean Charest is the current premier and everyone I talked to said that Charest would be gone after the next election. I then turned them on the question of who will be there to take over. The Parti Quebecois got the most attention to the question, but until the people of Quebec figure out who that will be, Charest and the Liberals have as good a shot of retaining power.
Charest is finishing his third term as premier, so the likelihood of a fourth term would seem unlikely. The opposition is fractured. Concerns about separatism and burnout from the federal collapse of the Bloc Quebecois.
The summer has been quiet on the protest front. Running an election in August would be an advantage to the incumbent since people are usually on vacation or tuning into the Olympics. After all, the first four Olympic medals for Canada were all won by athletes from La Belle Province.
The election will also take place before a corruption investigation continues once again. The investigation centers around the construction industry, which is a cruel irony given the infrastructure issues in Montréal and Quebec.
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