With voters in Quebec set to elect a new government on Monday, some francophones in Manitoba are closely waiting to see what happens when the results come in.
Since the election was called in March, the governing Parti Québécois has seen its support dwindle in opinion polls, in part because of a debate that has surfaced over the possibility of another referendum in the event of a PQ majority.
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The sovereigntist party's sliding fortunes may bring relief to francophones in Manitoba, says Raymond Hébert, professor emeritus of political science at the Université de Saint-Boniface.
"I think there was more anxiety at the outset of the campaign then there is at the moment," he told CBC News on Sunday.
"There's always this link among francophones across the country so, of course, we're always interested in seeing what's going on in Quebec."
Results from a Léger Marketing marketing poll, released over the weekend, put the Quebec Liberal Party ahead of the PQ, with the Coalition Avenir Québec making a late comeback.
Hébert said most francophones outside Quebec would be happy to see the PQ out of government.
"I think there's a sense of relief at the fact that the Parti Québécois seems to be heading for defeat," he said.
"It might mean that a referendum will be put on the back burner for a very long time."
Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois has said despite the latest poll findings, she is confident her party will return to power on Monday.