No referendum before third PQ mandate: Landry

Former premier Bernard Landry says the Parti Québécois says the party should hold off on another referendum until it's guaranteed the Yes side will win.

That means waiting for a third consecutive PQ mandate — theoretically, sometime between 2026 and 2030.

The current PQ leader, Jean-François Lisée, says he doesn't intend to hold a referendum before a second PQ mandate, in 2022 at the earliest.

Landry spoke to Presse Canadienne by phone on the occasion of Lisée first 100 days as PQ leader — and says a third referendum loss would be "catastrophic" for the Quebec independence movement.

Landry says the first step in the process, of course, would be to beat the Couillard Liberals in 2018 — and to do that, Lisée absolutely needs to win over young people, immigrants and people in the Quebec City region.

Support for separatism has been languishing below 40 per cent in recent polls — with barely a quarter of those aged 18-24 supporting it.