(Quebec) The leader of the Parti Quebecois, Pierre Karl Peladeau, did undaunted Wednesday by a survey showing that only one in five Quebecers believe that independence will be realized.
The CROP survey was prepared for the Research Chair in Democracy and Parliamentary Institutions at Laval University. Le Devoir reported on the findings Wednesday morning.
The survey found that 22% of Quebecers believe that Quebec will become an independent country “someday”. Yes nonetheless gets the support of 36% of respondents, against 64% for No.
Supports independence are particularly low among young people. Among 18-34 year olds, seven in 10 oppose sovereignty.
Mr. Péladeau remained optimistic about the survey findings.
“What I read is that there is still a large part of the population still think that sovereignty is the political option which will allow to enrich us,” he said .
He admitted not to have fallen from his chair noting the apparent disaffection of young people with regard to the independence cause.
“We should not be surprised since, for the past 20 years, we have not talked enough about independence, said Mr. Péladeau. I had the opportunity to repeat it several times, I intend to engage me in this direction. ”
The head of the Future Coalition Québec, François Legault, has a very different reading of the findings of the CROP. He argued that less than one in three respondents – 29% – is satisfied with the status quo, that is to say, as is the maintenance of Quebec within the Canadian federation. And 44% want to stay within Canada by entering into a “new deal” constitutional.
These data tell the leader caquiste that his constitutional position is the one that best reflects the aspirations of Quebecers.
“Our option is already more popular than the sovereignty, more popular than the status quo federalism Philippe Couillard said Mr. Legault. I can not be happier than this morning to see a poll like that. ”
Following the federal election last week, François Legault invited all nationalists to “stick together” behind his party to demand from Ottawa new powers in terms of language and immigration.