Quebec heading for provincial election, separatists lead

OTTAWA Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:40pm EST

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OTTAWA Feb 20 (Reuters) - Quebec's two largest opposition parties said they would vote against the provincial budget that was introduced on Thursday, assuring a spring election, the French branch of CBC television reported.

The separatist Parti Quebecois currently heads a minority government and leads in the polls, and it might well call an election on its own in the next two weeks, before it is brought down in a vote on its budget.

The budget projected a C$1.75 billion (C$1.58 billion) deficit for 2014-15, unchanged from the projection it gave in November.

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