If he does not want to reveal his real objectives in terms of counties for the next elections, the Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe is committed to meet its four-year term if elected on 19 October.
Passage Saturday in eastern Montreal to meet the organizers and some candidates from the region, Mr. Duceppe did not want to advance on the number of counties that wants to win at the end of the election campaign. He simply repeated, with a broad smile, he wanted “the best and most”.
However, he promised to “fulfill its mandate” and regardless of the results of his party. “When we go get a warrant, we must respect our mandate, but it is not a scenario I envision,” he said during a scrum with reporters.
The Bloc Québécois has so far 73 candidates in the 78 Quebec ridings. The other will be confirmed in the coming weeks as investitures must be organized in some cases, is it said.
According to their respective websites, the New Democratic Party (NDP) combines 69 candidates in Quebec, the Liberal Party (PLC), 72, and the Conservative Party (CCP), 60.
Gilles Duceppe will be among the last of the Bloc to be invested in the Montreal riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie, he has represented for over 15 years before being defeated by the current NDP MP Hélène Laverdière, 2011 .
Mr. Duceppe, who was one of the few federal party leaders on Saturday on land, also continued to attack his opponents on the issue of sovereignty, which has been debated for several minutes at the leaders’ debate last Thursday.
“(They say) it’s not important, and they talked for half an hour by excluding from the debate and saying, here are the rules that Quebecers will have to follow without having the opinion of Quebecers” has he lamented.
Asked about Justin Trudeau attacks at the site of Thomas Mulcair on a considered ambiguous position on the national question, Mr. Duceppe said that the NDP was defined first as a “national party” and not “federal” – which recognizes the specificity of Quebec.
Under the Sherbrooke Declaration, the NDP in particular endorses the principle that Ottawa recognizes a winning Quebec referendum with a simple majority (50 percent plus one vote) in favor of sovereignty.
“I am for the 50% plus one, of course. But we must look at everything, all, “he began, before once again blame the NDP’s” more than vague position “on Energy East pipeline.