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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.

The Bloc Québécois (BQ) (French pronunciation: [blɔk kebekwa]) is a federal political party in Canada devoted to Quebec nationalism and the promotion of Quebec sovereignty.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet argues a point with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in Monday’s federal leaders debate. Justin Tang/Pool via Reuters. But the Conservatives have struggled to sell leader Andrew Scheer ’s proposed national energy corridor, a non-starter in Quebec .

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.

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