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Quebec: Campaign Issue and Party

quebec: That makes it likely the Oct. 1 election will produce a minority government, according to Toronto Star. The Coalition Avenir Quebec party led by businessman Fran ois Legault, seen here, is tied with premier Philippe Couillard's Liberals. The Coalition Avenir Quebec, a party led by businessman Fran ois Legault, is tied with premier Philippe Couillard's Liberals, with each party supported by 30 per cent of decided voters, according to a poll by Ipsos for La Presse and Global News. Christinne Muschi / Bloomberg This year's contest will be the first in nearly six decades where the national question whether French-speaking Quebec should separate from the rest of Canada is not a campaign issue. Young Quebecers are less attuned to independence, so the old nationalist discourse on sovereignty is not as strong, said Chedly Belkhodja, a professor at Concordia University's School of Community and Public Affairs in Montreal. But those bitter independence battles have morphed into acrimonious fights over immigration and perceived threats to Quebec's francophone identity. ( As reported in the news.