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Canada Bloc Quebecois make gains in early election results, confirming party's resurgence

06:05  22 october  2019
06:05  22 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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

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

OTTAWA — A very long time ago, at the start of the election campaign, Yves-François Blanchet stood before a room of supporters that was only partly full and made his pitch. Under his leadership, the Bloc Québécois had rebuilt itself, he told his audience at the party ’ s platform launch in Boucherville, Que.

The separatist Bloc Québécois party is hoping to make substantial gains in Québec , stealing back seats the Liberals won in 2015. In the suburbs of Ontario, Conservatives are hoping to make gains as well- but early results don’t look promising for the party .

Rachel Gallagher, Yves-François Blanchet standing in a room© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc

MONTREAL — Early election returns are indicating a Bloc Quebecois resurgence in Quebec, with the party leading in more than 30 ridings.

One hour after polls closed in the province, the party was elected or leading in 34 of the province's 78 ridings, a significant leap from the 10 it won last election.

Widely considered moribund a little more than a year ago, the sovereigntist federal party and its members are hoping gains made tonight will eventually lead to a rekindling of a Quebec independence movement that has been on the decline for years.

Party leader Yves-Francois Blanchet campaigned on a platform that affirmed Quebec nationhood but that downplayed independence from Canada.

Bloc leader says Tories should have shown love to Quebec earlier in campaign

  Bloc leader says Tories should have shown love to Quebec earlier in campaign CANDIAC, Que. — Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet says the recent Conservative push for votes in Quebec is too little too late as the prospect of a minority government looms. Blanchet compared Tory Leader Andrew Scheer today to a desperate boyfriend expressing his love for a scorned partner after they had already shown him the door. The Bloc leader was referencing Scheer's recent campaign stops in Quebec, where the Conservative leaderBlanchet compared Tory Leader Andrew Scheer today to a desperate boyfriend expressing his love for a scorned partner after they had already shown him the door.

The separatist Bloc Québécois party is hoping to make substantial gains in Québec , stealing back seats the Liberals won in 2015. In the suburbs of Ontario, Conservatives are hoping to make gains as well- but early results don’t look promising for the party .

The separatist Bloc Québécois party is hoping to make substantial gains in Québec , stealing back seats the Liberals won in 2015. In the suburbs of Ontario, Conservatives are hoping to make gains as well- but early results don’t look promising for the party .

Blanchet's main pitch to Quebecers was asking them to send a strong contingent of Bloc members to Ottawa who would fight exclusively for Quebec's interests among a sea of federally minded politicians with loyalties across the country.

The Bloc also positioned itself as the only party that would champion Quebec's popular secularism law, which bans some public sector workers from wearing religious symbols on the job.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 21, 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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