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Canada Scheer in Quebec, fighting against rise in support for Bloc Quebecois

16:35  15 october  2019
16:35  15 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Leaders descend on national capital in anticipation of Monday's televised debate

  Leaders descend on national capital in anticipation of Monday's televised debate TORONTO — Most of the federal party leaders are hitting the books today, cramming for Monday's critical English-language leaders debate like high schoolers before an all-important final exam. Judging by the Liberal party's campaign itinerary, though, Justin Trudeau thinks he's going to ace it. Instead of debate prep, Trudeau will spend part of the day in a rural community just outside Belleville, Ont., planting trees in a riding that theJudging by the Liberal party's campaign itinerary, though, Justin Trudeau thinks he's going to ace it.

But in Quebec , rising support for the BQ suggests that party could elect enough MPs to hold a powerful position in QUEBEC — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer heads to Quebec today, a province where he's taking on not just the Liberals and NDP, but also the Bloc Quebecois .

QUEBEC — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer warned Tuesday that Canadian national unity is at risk without a Scheer ’s political battle in Quebec is being fought on several fronts. Several of those seats were historic Bloc strongholds that flipped to the NDP during the great orange wave of

QUEBEC — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer heads to Quebec today, a province where he's taking on not just the Liberals and NDP, but also the Bloc Quebecois.

Scheer is now actively campaigning against the threat of a coalition Liberal-NDP government, bringing up the issue several times yesterday during campaign events in Winnipeg.

But in Quebec, rising support for the BQ suggests that party could elect enough MPs to hold a powerful position in the event of a minority government.

Scheer says the priority of the Bloc is to work towards another referendum on separation for Quebec, and discounts needing to work with them to advance the interests of Quebecers.

The Conservatives entered the campaign hoping to double their seat count in Quebec; at the dissolution of Parliament, they held 11 seats.

A difficult performance for Scheer in the first debate saw them scale back some of those expectations, and growing support for the BQ is further holding back that goal.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 15, 2019.

The Canadian Press

Bloc Quebecois expects to have leverage in new Parliament, keeps strategy secret .
MONTREAL — Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet says he expects to have significant leverage in the minority Parliament. But Blanchet declined to give details today on how he would pressure the governing Liberals into making concessions for the benefit of Quebecers. The sovereigntist party won 32 seats in Monday's election, which would be enough to help the minority Liberals pass legislation. But the NDP, with its 24 seats, could also combine with the Liberals to reach a majority of votes in the Commons — without any help from the Bloc.

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