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robbie_dee
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posted 12 January 2006 06:28 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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The leader of a Quebec provincial party is telling Quebecers not to vote for the Bloc Québécois.

Mario Dumont, who leads Action démocratique du Québec, said on Thursday that voting for the Bloc only isolates Quebec from the federal political process.

The ADQ is a right-of-centre provincial party with five seats in the Quebec legislature.

"Go back two years ago, before the sponsorship scandal, the Bloc was really going nowhere," Dumont said. "People were questioning the relevance of the Bloc and its role in strengthening Quebec."

Dumont said the Bloc limits the province's influence on the national scene and acts more like a millstone around Quebecers' necks.

He said he would vote Conservative, but only recommended that voters not vote for the Bloc.

The Bloc won 54 of the 75 seats in Quebec in 2004, and for much of the campaign looked like they could increase that number by continuing to capitalize on Quebecers' anger at the Liberals over the sponsorship scandal.

Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe said he respects Dumont's opinion, but that the only opinion that really counts is that expressed by the electorate on election day.

"Mario Dumont is not in the campaign," Duceppe said. "He can say whatever he wants to say."


CBC News


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brebis noire
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posted 12 January 2006 06:32 PM      Profile for brebis noire     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'd say that people in Quebec are questioning the ADQ's relevance and its role in strengthening Quebec.
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ClaudeB
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posted 12 January 2006 06:34 PM      Profile for ClaudeB     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by robbie_dee:

Mario Dumont, who leads Action démocratique du Québec, said on Thursday that voting for the Bloc only isolates Quebec from the federal political process.[/URL]

Funny thing is, only a few months ago, Dumont rejected requests by the Cons to run for them in the upcoming election... This little right-wing opportunist must cry in his beer nowadays!


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fast_twitch_neurons
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posted 12 January 2006 06:46 PM      Profile for fast_twitch_neurons     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Now, his reasons have always been that he's more concerned about provincial issues than federal ones, and there's no reason not to believe that. Why would he want to be Stephen Harper's minister of public works anyway? He still has a chance to become premier.
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Modest Mook
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posted 12 January 2006 06:48 PM      Profile for Modest Mook     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Past post I put up kinda follows the same theory I think. The though is that Quebec needs representation on the federal level (representation in the party in power to be specific). Influence the policy while it's being made rather than fighting about and defending Quebec after.
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MVictorP
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posted 12 January 2006 11:52 PM      Profile for MVictorP     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by fast_twitch_neurons:
Now, his reasons have always been that he's more concerned about provincial issues than federal ones, and there's no reason not to believe that.

I think he is showing a federal interest right now...

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Why would he want to be Stephen Harper's minister of public works anyway? He still has a chance to become premier.

A snowball's chances in hell.

I believe he is actually scuttling his own party to go on the federal scene.

Opportunist.

[ 12 January 2006: Message edited by: MVictorP ]


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Pierre Cyr
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posted 13 January 2006 03:04 AM      Profile for Pierre Cyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This isnt much of a surprise. Dumont has been a stalwart right winger for years and he has also mastered the art of hidden agendas in past provincial elections... But paid a hell of a price for it at the ballot box.

Where the hell is that tory platform?


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lagatta
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posted 13 January 2006 04:04 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The little right-wing prick's candidate received fewer votes in the Outremont by-election than either the UFP or the Green. Hopefully it is a sign that his anti-labour, reactionary party is on its way to the proverbial dustbin of history.
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leftcoastguy
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posted 13 January 2006 04:17 AM      Profile for leftcoastguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
As much as most of us here dislike what Dumont represents his comments will resonate and help Harper in Quebec to a certain extent.

If Martin does not take his seat what party will take it - the Bloc?

That would be the sweetest revenge ever for Chretien!!!


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SavageInTheCity
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posted 13 January 2006 04:39 AM      Profile for SavageInTheCity     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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"Go back two years ago, before the sponsorship scandal, the Bloc was really going nowhere," Dumont said. "People were questioning the relevance of the Bloc and its role in strengthening Quebec."

Hes got a point. Two years ago, they really were losing support. Without GomeryGate, they probably would have lost a bunch of seats in an election.

What we have here is a case a of a very charismatic, likeable leader who jumped on a scandal and has taken the ball and ran with with it (see Republican Party - 1993-2001) His tirades about corruption and scandals are convincing (he was here last week), preaching to the masses...), but as a society we have to be careful. I mean, Im the most antibloc person I know, but even I'll admit Duceppe performs well in debates (both languages) and manages to come off intelligent and sophisticated even when hes rambling......

Somewhat like myself.....lol


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leftcoastguy
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posted 13 January 2006 04:44 AM      Profile for leftcoastguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
D'accord!
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