Sunday, October 26, 2008

Quebec Liberals hatch plan for snap election

QUEBEC -- Senior Quebec Liberal strategists met this week to devise a plan for a snap vote this fall over fears that a global recession could hurt the party's chances next year.

Liberal organizers have been ordered to be on high alert as strategists meet to evaluate the party's finances, the degree of readiness of riding associations, potential nominations and, more important, the pros and cons of an election so soon after a federal campaign.

"All options are still on the table. A fall election can't be ruled out just yet," said a party organizer who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Organizers estimate that Premier Jean Charest has a two-week window to work with before it would too late to have a vote before the Christmas holidays. Liberal caucus members want an election sooner rather than later, fearing the negative political fallout of a major economic slowdown.

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