Quebec premier Philippe Couillard slammed for calling byelections during federal campaign

Quebec premier Philippe Couillard slammed for calling byelections during federal campaign

Main pic: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard responds to Opposition questions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as Quebec Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis, right, look on, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the legislature in Quebec City. Photo credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot.

QUEBEC — Premier Philippe Couillard is being accused of trying to confuse voters by calling byelections in the final weeks of the federal election campaign.

The premier announced today that four byelections will be held Nov. 9.

The leader of the Coalition for Quebec’s Future says Couillard could have waited until after the Oct. 19 federal election to call them.

Francois Legault notes the law allows up to six months to fill the legislature vacancies and criticized the decision to move forward immediately.

The Coalition says it will wait until after the federal election to put up its signs, but there are reports the Liberals have already started doing so in the Montreal riding of Saint−Henri−Sainte−Anne.

Legault says Couillard is sowing the seeds of confusion.

“There will be five signs from the federal parties, four from the provincial parties and everyone will be confused, but Philippe Couillard is saying: so much the better if everyone is mixed up,” Legault said. “What cynicism on the part of Philippe Couillard.”

The Canadian Press

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