But even the threat of sovereignty or separation is already costing them, big time.
During Monday night's one-on-one debate between the PQ's Pauline Marois and Liberal leader Jean Charest, Marois said she wants to call a referendum on Quebec sovereignty as soon as possible, when Quebecers want one.
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Earlier in the day, she talked about using a modest amount tax dollars to promote sovereignty.
Such discourse, says the Montreal Gazette's Henry Aubin, drives people and money away.
"A referendum is likely to cause people elsewhere to be more reluctant to come here or invest; many people who are here, including many with investments here, will be more likely to leave," he wrote in a columnRead More »from Talk of sovereignty, promoting French culture is bad for Quebec’s economy