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."