Saturday, September 20, 2008

Duceppe Admits Bloc In Close Fight With Tories For Quebec Seats

From The CBC:

Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe acknowledged Friday that his party is in a heated contest with the Conservatives to win the province's seats in the federal election campaign.

Duceppe made the admission while campaigning in the eastern Quebec city of Rimouski amid opinion polls suggesting the two parties are locked in a virtual tie in terms of popular support.

Duceppe's party faces a familiar opponent in Rimouski, where Louise Thibault, the former Bloc-turned-Independent incumbent MP, is running against the Bloc because she says Duceppe is not firm enough on the issue of Quebec sovereignty.

Speaking in Montmagny later in the day, Duceppe didn't appear worried about his candidate, Claude Guimond, losing to the former Bloc MP.

"It has happened in the past that somebody who had been with the Bloc ran with another party or ran as an independent. Every time, we won," Duceppe said.

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