Gilles Duceppe Steps Down

Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc Quebecois’ first-ever MP and the man who dominated the party for nearly 15 years, stepped down as leader Thursday after a less than stellar performance in this week’s election.

Duceppe’s departure comes four months into his second spell as head of the sovereigntist party following a 14-year stint between 1997 and 2011.

“I am turning the page, the last page, of a passionate political adventure,” he said at party headquarters.

The Bloc won 10 out of Quebec’s 78 ridings on Monday, leaving it two short of the 12 seats required for official party status.

Compounding its woes was another double whammy — Duceppe losing his Montreal riding for the second election in a row and the party garnering just 19.3 per cent of the popular vote in Quebec.

  • ntt1

    an irrelevant party in an irrelevant province, prime minister zoolander will probably give the kiss of life to the separatists as they are part of his provincial world view.
    Remember his comments about how Quebec should lead Canada?Was it really just a moronic vowel movement?
    Unfortunately for the productive majority of Canada, not only have we elected a moron but he is a Quebec centrist moron.God help us all.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      “Remember his comments about how Quebec should lead Canada?”
      Oh, yeah, give him four years he’s going to be hated west of Ontario just like his old man. I, for one, well remember when the famous Trudeau two-ply graced many a bathroom west of the Lakehead.

  • Shebel

    You are a good speaker Duceppe . Why don’t you come back as someone that actually cares about the future of Canada?

  • EarlyBird

    Didn’t he also “went away” in 2011 when the Bloc was carpet bombed by NPD? I predict Duceppe shall rise a third time before I have voted conservative once again.