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Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois speaks to reporters at a café for the homeless during a Quebec provincial election campaign stop in Montreal on March 15, 2014.
Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois speaks to reporters at a café for the homeless during a Quebec provincial election campaign stop in Montreal on March 15, 2014.
(Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

How a PQ majority could shake NDP’s hold on Quebec

The NDP is sitting on the sidelines of Quebec’s election, but the race could hold the key to their fortunes. If Quebec politics becomes polarized around the prospect of another referendum on sovereignty, the New Democrats will be threatened.

After almost three years as the Biggest Federal Party in Quebec, the NDP still has relatively weak roots. And when it comes to the old battles between separatists and federalists, it’s a pale presence. That’s why the NDP’s Quebec breakthrough will be in deeper danger if Pauline Marois’s Parti Québécois wins a majority government.