Parti Quebecois accuses Ontario students of 'stealing' election 0
Pauline Marois. (DIDIER DEBUSSCHERE/QMI AGENCY)
MONTREAL - Trailing in the polls and watching their chance of a majority government slip away, the Parti Quebecois is accusing students from Ontario and living in Montreal of trying to "steal" the April 7 election.
"This next week is a very important one for democracy in Quebec," PQ Justice Minister Bertrand St-Arnaud said at a Sunday news conference. "Will this election be stolen by people from Ontario and the rest of Canada?"
The PQ has demanded that Quebec's chief electoral officer look into what it claims are disproportionate numbers of anglophones and allophones registering to vote in what the PQ considers traditionally francophone ridings.
"It's up to Quebec citizens to choose their government," said Leo Bureau-Blouin, a PQ member of the National Assembly who is running for re-election. "And it is up to the chief electoral officer to ensure that will be the case."
At the same time the PQ is accusing students of trying to rig the election, many students have spoken out to say that they are having trouble getting their names on the list of eligible voters.
"We'll be here for four years, and after we graduate we'll surely be looking to work and live in Montreal. This election will directly affect us," said Dora Cseriy, a first year student at McGill University. "It's perfectly normal that we would want to vote."
Cseriy, who is from Toronto, said that she is just trying to do her civic duty.
"Some of my friends haven't been able to get their names put on the voter list and that isn't fair," she said.
-- With files from Caroline Pailliez