I was standing not five feet away from CAQ leader François Legault when he laughed at Jean-François Lisée’s joke of merging the PQ and the CAQ. Legault was being interviewed on camera in advance of the opening of this weekend’s CAQ convention when a journalist brought up Lisée’s 2012 suggestion to then-Quebec Premier Pauline Marois that she form a coalition with the Coalition and give Legault the title of Finance Minister.

Legault’s reaction was palpable. The laughter was genuine. The response was golden:

Lisée’s proposal to merge with us is pure science fiction and would’ve been refused because we will not accept sovereignty.

-François Legault