Will They Or Won’t They? The Economics Of Quebec Separatism

The Canadian province of Quebec is set for an election on Sept. 4 that will pit pro-federalist Liberal Party, which currently holds a majority in the National Assembly, against the pro-separatist Parti Quebecois.

The centrist Liberals, led by Premier Jean Charest, support Quebec’s status as a federal state within Canada.

The left-leaning PQ has accused the Liberals of allowing Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s right-leaning Conservative Party government in Ottawa to subvert Quebec’s interests on key issues, such as cuts to employment insurance, gun regulation and stricter penalties for criminal offenders in the wake of mass student protests against tuition hikes.

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