François Legault and Philippe Couillard, leaders of the CAQ and Liberal parties, respectively, don't want to talk about a referendum for Quebec's independence, yet they can't stop yapping about it. Denis Coderre, and Quebec's other mayors, are fed up.
Legault criticized his competitors for not being able to talk about anything but Quebec sovereignty...right after telling the Gazette how he would vote if the referendum came about and his personal plans for Quebec's future.
Couillard maintains this election is no time to talk about a referendum, but consistnetnly uses the topic as a springboard to attack the PQ. "He brings up the subject in every speech and scrum."
On the PQ side of things, the party stereotypically all about the referendum, has recently been talking about it the least. The PQ is aware that referendum-talk is boosting the image of the other parties and has dominated the platform of the party. Marois would now rather talk about other, more relevant, issues.
Couillard and Legault aren't following suit. Both parties are continuing to use the referendum to demonize the PQ and make themselves look good. All other issues are eclipsed as a result.
Twenty of Quebec's mayors, including Montreal's Denis Coderre, met yesterday to publicly state their dislike for the ongoing direction of the elections. To summarize: too much on Quebec sovereignty, not enough on the funding of cities.
This comes after Coderre's meeting with Pauline Marois, where he again stated his lack of interest for any referendum-talk.
The provincial elections, instead of being a period to address pertinent economic issues, has become a Quebec sovereignty hot potato, with each party throwing the topic onto the other.
I agree with Quebec's mayors. One (hypothetical) issue is getting in the way of any productive dialogue about the future of Montreal, other Quebec cities, and the province at large.