MONTREAL — Leaders of Quebec's sovereignty movement are gearing up for a fight with the federal government over its decision to intervene in a provincial court case challenging a law at the heart of their cause.
The head of the Bloc Québécois, Daniel Paillé, contends the federal justice department is infringing on Quebec's right to make its own decisions.
The province's Parti Québécois government, meanwhile, is planning a news conference for Sunday to lay out its own objections.
Alexandre Cloutier, the PQ's minister of intergovernmental affairs, said Saturday on Twitter that Ottawa's actions demanded an "exceptional response."
The federal government filed a legal intervention last Wednesday in a court challenge that argues a Quebec law outlining the grounds for secession is limited by the Canadian constitution.