Quebec’s latest imaginary boyfriend

Just two months after pledging his unequivocal support for Pauline Marois, Gilles Duceppe is reportedly angling for her job


Should it come as a suprise that what looked like a peace accord between Gilles Duceppe and Pauline Marois just two months ago turns out to have been a temporary ceasefire? According to credible reports, Duceppe is gunning for Marois’s job—and getting someone who was once very close to Marois, former PQ MNA Louise Beaudoin, who quit the party last year to sit as an independent, to help his chances.

Even considering the PQ’s rich history of backstabbing, Duceppe’s opinion of Marois has seemingly come a long way in a short time. His widely publicized November 8 letter had been unequivocal in its support of Marois. “With this letter, I want to reiterate a message to all sovereigntists,” the former Bloc leader wrote. “Let Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois do their job.” But that was before Marois went ahead and… er, Marois and the rest of the PQ haven’t done much of anything since then. The National Assembly has been on break since December 9 and doesn’t get going again until mid-February.

But now that François Legault and his unfortunately named CAQ have formally asked Quebecers to quit the dating scene and settle down with him, Legault’s lost some of his sheen. That’s left Duceppe ideally positioned to re-introduce himself and be the perfect imaginary boyfriend Legault once was. Indeed, a poll taken just a week after Legault launched his party in mid-November showed a hypothetical Duceppe-led party would gather 34 per cent of the vote in Quebec to 31 per cent for the Legault-led CAQ.

Of course, an actual Duceppe-led party got just 23.4 per cent of votes last May, but things were different then; that was when he wanted you to vote for him for real. If we’ve learned anything from the past few scandal-plagued years in the province, it’s that Quebec has real problems only an imaginary candidate can fix.


Quebec’s latest imaginary boyfriend

  1. Why is this separatist liar (proven) constantly a player in the Canadian political scene? In most countries in the world he would be branded a traitor on put on trial.

    • Most of the world live in dictatorships… so you are correct.

  2. What, his $141,000 a year pension all of Canada is paying for is not enough??   Greedy little man!

  3. The scene here in Montreal is as follows: the PQ has sought an alliance with the extreme-socialist ‘Quebec Solidaire’, who has rightfully declined, citing it’s internationalist, neo-communist ideology. The PQ is done here; It’s becoming like Vaudeville circus watching these old farts go. Charest must have been splitting his sides when he learned of the PQ’s rejection at the hands of larger-than-life wingnuts like Amir ”outlaw shopping malls” Kahdr and Francoise David. What embarassment. No better way to lose what little support and dignity this party had left. I respect Duceppe (just) enough to hope he spares himself the embarassment of having the PQ flea circus tent collapse onto him. 

  4. Lets see Gilles talk his way out of this one, lol

    Report: BQ leader used public money to pay staff

    A Montreal newspaper is reporting that former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe paid his party’s general manager for seven years with public funds meant to run his Ottawa office.
    La Presse says Gilbert Gardner was hired in 2004 to work at the Bloc’s headquarters in Montreal and pocketed a salary of more than $100,000 in the final years of his term.
    The newspaper says the move would be a violation of parliamentary rules, since the House of Commons funds were meant for activities related to Parliament, not for partisan ones.


    • He doesn’t need to, the rules are clear enough. Here is the french text regarding fund allocations:

      “les obligations et activités qui se rattachent à la fonction de député, où qu’elles soient exécutées, y compris les affaires publiques ou officielles et les questions partisanes. Sont exclues des fonctions parlementaires les activités relatives aux intérêts commerciaux privés du député ou de sa proche famille”

      You can easily find the english version on house’s web site. As could have the journalists and other people like you.

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