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Gilles Duceppe says Bloc would not support Harper minority

Bloc leader also proposes end to the ‘psychodrama” of confidence votes in the Commons


 
Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe poses for a photograph with candidates during a federal election campaign stop in Montreal, Friday, August 7, 2015. (Graham Hughes/CP)

Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe poses for a photograph with candidates during a federal election campaign stop in Montreal, Friday, August 7, 2015. (Graham Hughes/CP)

GRANBY, Que. — Stephen Harper will not be prime minister if the Conservatives win a minority government, Gilles Duceppe said Tuesday, adding his voice to those who have already confirmed they will try to immediately topple Harper should that scenario arise.

The Bloc Quebecois leader also proposed several changes to the country’s election system he said would make Parliament more democratic, such as getting rid of automatic confidence votes and limiting the length of election campaigns.

“Stephen Harper will not be prime minister even if he finishes with the most seats in a minority Parliament,” Duceppe said during a campaign stop in Granby, Que., 80 kilometres east of Montreal.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has said he’d vote against Harper at the earliest possible moment, while NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has also confirmed he would not support a Harper-led minority government.

The Bloc leader also discussed his plan to make Parliament more democratic, he said, by proposing to end the “psychodrama” of confidence votes in the Commons.

If a sitting minority government loses a vote of confidence in the House, the action triggers the dissolution of Parliament and the launch of an election campaign.

Duceppe said under his plan, if a future minority government fails to get a majority of votes in the House for a piece of legislation, the government wouldn’t automatically fall, unless a majority of members of Parliament wish it so.

The Bloc leader also proposed limiting election campaigns to 49 days and reducing the amount of money parties can claim for reimbursement from taxpayers.

Duceppe criticized Harper’s decision for calling an 11-week election campaign, claiming the extra weeks cost taxpayers an additional $100 million.

 


 

Gilles Duceppe says Bloc would not support Harper minority

  1. Honestly, Gilles Duceppe means well. He will not support Harper, OK, will he support Trudeau, didn’t say, will he support Mulcair, his old enemy ?
    His suggestion to end non-confidence votes, unless of course that N-C vote is supported by the majority, well Gilles, that is the way it is now.
    Reality, Gilles is far more aligned to Harper. Quebecois are concerned with Trudeau’s alignment with Premier Wynne, and they should be.
    While Trudeau continues to sound more immature every day, we wonder what Gilles has in mind.

  2. So, the separatist party says it won’t support Harper? Seriously, does anybody give a damn? If not supporting Harper is a platform, then just dissolve the party and join the Liberals or NDP or even the Greens: sheesh.

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