Sunday, September 7, 2008

Quebec's Importance In The Federal Election -- News Reports

Harper Tells Quebecers: 'Bloc Is Not A Choice'
-- Globe And Mail

Launching his federal election campaign in Quebec City, Conservative leader Stephen Harper appealed to Quebeckers to abandon the Bloc because it cannot deliver spending goodies for the province.

Quebec is shaping up to be a major battleground for the Tories, with polls suggesting their support is tied, or just slightly behind the once-mighty Bloc Québécois.

"The Bloc is not a choice for Quebeckers for one simple reason: the Bloc will always be in opposition and will always come home to Quebeckers empty handed," Mr. Harper told a packed crowd in a small Quebec City hotel ballroom.

In a display of humility, Mr. Harper said that each day he's trying to improve his French because he thinks a Canadian prime minister should able to speak the language to do their job. The statement drew great applause from the audience, which included members of the provincial Liberal and Action démocratique du Québec parties.

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More News On Quebec's Role In The Canadian Federal Election

Quebec Could Be Key To Tory Majority -- Vancouver Sun
Federal leaders deploy as election battle begins -- Montreal Gazette
Duceppe's message: Stop Harper from getting a majority -- The Globa And Mail
Harper's spending spree, a vote buying tactic: Bloc -- The Montreal Gazette
Quebec media see little hope for Dion -- National Post
Mixed signals in Quebec -- Montreal Gazette
L. Ian MacDonald: Dion faces steep slope in winning over Quebec -- National Post
Separatist support plunges in election, poll finds -- Reuters
Dion shrugs off reports of deep trouble in Quebec -- Montreal Gazette

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