Quebec political leaders ready themselves for expected election call

Quebec opposition leaders put on their pre-electoral game faces Tuesday, hours before a widely anticipated election call that Premier Pauline Marois hopes will bring her a majority mandate. Riding high in the polls, the Parti Quebecois leader is expected to call a snap election Wednesday that would send the province to the ballot box on April 7.

MONTREAL — Quebec opposition leaders put on their pre-electoral game faces Tuesday, hours before a widely anticipated election call that Premier Pauline Marois hopes will bring her a majority mandate.

Riding high in the polls, the Parti Quebecois leader is expected to call a snap election Wednesday that would send the province to the ballot box on April 7.

Her main opponents already looked like they were on the campaign trail Tuesday, criticizing the PQ’s record and highlighting the ideas they hope to sell to voters over the coming weeks.

Rookie Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said he felt like he was playing hockey and the playoffs were about to begin.

“We’re only hours away from the election call — it appears obvious,” Couillard, the national assembly’s Opposition leader, told reporters in Quebec City.

“I’m putting together my attacking lines. My centres and wingers . . . have already been identified.”

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