Gilles Duceppe: Uh, nope


The former Bloc Québécois leader was, oddly, seen in some quarters to be the best bet to replace Pauline Marois as Parti Québécois leader. Nobody ever really explained why losing all but 2 oops, 4 of his party’s federal seats made him a sure winner provincially, but nonetheless there was a lot of speculation that a coup was imminent.

Then yesterday La Presse reported that Duceppe spent 7 years paying his party’s director-general from a taxpayer-funded budget envelope reserved for parliamentary staff.

Today Duceppe announced he’s going to work full-time clearing his reputation and has no time for politics.

I feel a bit bad that I didn’t tell you about all of this last week, when it was still possible to wring a little suspense out of the whole situation. Now it’s too late, and all I can tell you is you didn’t miss much.


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Gilles Duceppe: Uh, nope

  1. It seems like dream now but didn’t Duceppe quit BQ for weekend a few years ago to try and take over PQ but was scared off by Marois? I often wonder if Quebec politicians take themselves seriously because it’s hard to tell.

    And there are many old people in Canadian politics who should retire gracefully but they sticking around like bad smell on our shoes. 

    Devil’s Dictionary ~ Politician:
    An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When we wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.

    Dylan Thomas:
    Do not go gentle into that good night, 
    Old age should burn and rage at close of day; 
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light

  2. You’re confusing the BQ in 2011 with the PCs in 93.  He managed to hold to 4 seats.

  3. WTH??

    To quote Marc Garneau: “Cela me choque de voir un tel manque de jugement”

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