Quebec Premier says has not decided on election

Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:13pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The premier of the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec said on Monday he had not decided whether to hold an election in the near future.

Media reports earlier in the day said that Jean Charest -- whose Liberals oppose separatists seeking independence for the province -- would call an election for Dec 8.

Charest told a televised news conference in Mirabel, Quebec, that the leaders of the two opposition parties in the provincial legislature clearly did not want to co-operate with his minority government.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)

 
<p>Quebec Premier and conference chair Jean Charest talks with colleagues before the Council of the Federation meeting in Montreal October 20, 2008. The premier of the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec will call a provincial election for December 8, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said on Monday. REUTERS/Shaun Best</p>