Quebec separatists have risen into majority territory: poll

The Premier of Quebec, Pauline Marois near Montreal in Friday, January 17, 2014 . (JOEL LEMAY / QMI...

The Premier of Quebec, Pauline Marois near Montreal in Friday, January 17, 2014 . (JOEL LEMAY / QMI AGENCY)

Dave Kaufman, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

MONTREAL- Quebec separatists would have won a slim majority government had a provincial election been held this past weekend, a new poll suggests.

The Leger Marketing survey for QMI Agency indicates the Parti Quebecois' secularism charter, while repulsive to many ethnic and religious citizens, hasn't hurt the PQ among most French voters.

The party says it's prepared to put its minority government on the line over its proposal to bar public servants from wearing conspicuous religious symbols.

"This is the first time that the PQ is mathematically in position to win a majority government since their election in fall 2012," said Leger vice-president Christian Bourque.

According to the poll, 36% of those surveyed would vote for the PQ while 33% would vote Liberal.

The PQ's lead was just outside the poll's margin of error.


Videos

Photos