Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bloc Quebecois Losing Their Way, Official Says

From Reuters Canada:

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's separatist Bloc Quebecois, which holds enough seats in Parliament to prevent any party from gaining a majority, has lost its way, a senior member of the independence movement said on Wednesday in the latest blow to the party's electoral hopes.

The Bloc, which wants French-speaking Quebec to split from the rest of Canada, has 48 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons. It was created in 1991 to push for independence but has since started to focus on defending Quebec's rights.

But polls show support for the Bloc is waning and the ruling Conservatives are targeting at least 15 of the Bloc's seats as ones that they could win as they seek an elusive majority government in the October 14 election.

Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe's mood was not improved when leading separatist Jacques Brassard said the party had drifted far from its founding principles by playing down talk of an independent Quebec.

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