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Mario Beaulieu handed the reins to Gilles Duceppe just before the last election.
Duceppe led the Bloc to victory in just 10 of Quebec's 78 ridings in Monday's federal election and saw the party's share of the popular vote drop to below 20 per cent.
Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau has said he wants Duceppe to stay on.
Duceppe, who failed to get re-elected in Laurier-Sainte-Marie, is expected to announce his future plans at a news conference on Thursday.
Leader Gilles Duceppe lost his Montreal riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie for the second straight election.
After winning a mere four seats in 2011, the Bloc won or was leading in 10 ridings, just two off the magic number of 12.
Eleven weeks later, here we are.
"I believe that the other three parties - which I call the 'Bloc Canada' - are basically the same on many, many issues."
Duceppe believes the tight three-way battle shaping up between the Bloc, Liberals, and NDP for the province's francophone vote could benefit his party on Oct. 19.
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Duceppe's opposition to wearing face veils during citizenship ceremonies has helped him win back supporters from the NDP, polls suggest.
All three major party leaders will campaign in Quebec today, targeting ridings in a key battleground that helped turn the tide for the NDP in 2011.
The Bloc Quebecois leader also proposed several changes to the country's election system he said would make Parliament more democratic.
The Bloc Quebecois leader seized on Trudeau's statement that the deal was "not an agreement between the government of Canada and Saudi Arabia."
His childhood aspiration was to be a hockey player.
The Bloc Quebecois Leader says the deal would mean a loss of income for milk producers.
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The NDP appears to be losing steam, the Liberals are holding steady, and support for the Conservatives is on the rise.
OTTAWA — It was the moment when Art Carney became one of the most powerful central bankers in the world. Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe inadvertently promoted the late actor to the position of g...
Gilles Duceppe just wasn't having it.
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Duceppe stressed the need to increase corporate taxes on banks and oil companies.
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The Bloc leader will target Mulcair in final French debate.
Some observers see tonight's debate — in broad terms — as all about Mulcair vs. Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe.
In recent weeks, the NDP's polling numbers in the province have softened, opening up the possibility of unexpected gains for their rivals.
All federally regulated companies operating in Quebec should respect the province's language laws, Gilles Duceppe said Tuesday as he called on the NDP to get behind him on the question of protecting the French language.
The federal Green party is still holding out hope for an English-language campaign debate aired by the major television broadcasters — and it says Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe should be there.
Thomas Mulcair, head of the NDP, has not been able to use any of the leaders' debates to stop his party's loss of momentum, making him the loser of this first meeting in French. Stephen Harper and Gilles Duceppe performed well, whereas Justin Trudeau stumbled on several occasions and had his worst debate performance since the beginning of the election campaign. The wearing of the niqab and the constitutional question sharply divided the federal party leaders and created some lively exchanges.
Duceppe says he's satisfied with his performance at the French leaders' debate and believes the winds are shifting in his party's favour.
Gilles Duceppe says the Bloc would introduce a bill to ban veiled women from taking the citizenship oath, voting and providing public services.
For one, the main candidate fending off the attacks will be Thomas Mulcair, not Stephen Harper.
There's one issue where the Bloc leader has "everything to win."
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In a strange way sovereignists share in the shame over Harper's Canada and want to react against it. As a result, they have decided to support the NDP instead of the Bloc, if the latest polls are any indication. And there's the rub, because that support seems completely illogical, and provides federalists with a potential political trap they will quickly spring against sovereignists.If the sovereignist vote for the NDP translates into a loss for Gilles Duceppe and the Bloc Québécois, we'll end up with only federalist parties and MPs in Ottawa.
The last debate on women’s issues was in 1984.