Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bloc Facing Tory Showdown In Key Rural Constituencies

Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe jokes with a mime during a campaign stop at the western festival in St. Tite yesterday. Photograph by : MATHIEU BELANGER REUTERS

From The Montreal Gazette:

Watching as Gilles Duceppe worked the crowd of Stetson-wearing festival goers at the Festival Western de St. Tite, Richard Parizeau was describing why the Bloc leader won't be getting his vote this time out.

"Duceppe has had his time," said the resident of St. Canut, near Mirabel north of Montreal. "I have nothing against him but I don't see his usefulness anymore."

While he's not crazy about Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to break his promise on fixed election dates, Parizeau feels that Harper has generally done what he said he would do.

Parizeau has voted Bloc and Parti Québécois in the past. But in the last provincial election, he voted Action démocratique and this time he's planning to vote Conservative. Liberal leader Stéphane Dion isn't even a consideration, he says, dismissing Dion's Green Shift as "little green men."

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