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New poll suggests PQ's "Charter of Values" may help them form a majority government

From The Globe and Mail:
After months of playing wedge politics, the Parti Québécois has inched high enough in popular approval to be within reach of a majority government, a new poll suggests.

According to a Léger Marketing survey released on Monday, support for the government of Premier Pauline Marois is at its highest since it won a minority mandate in September, 2012...

...The PQ has benefited from a hardening of the support for the charter, with 48 per cent of respondents (57 per cent among francophones) backing the charter, compared with 43 per cent (49 per cent among francophones) in September.

The most controversial aspect of the charter, a proposal to ban public-sector workers from wearing conspicuous religious garments, is even more popular, with 60 per cent support (69 per cent among francophones).

Support for Quebec independence remained soft, with 37 per cent saying they would vote Yes for sovereignty if a referendum was held now, against 50 per cent who would vote No.

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