Quebec separatist leader in upbeat mood

April 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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MONTREAL, April 17 (UPI) -- The leader of Canada's Bloc Quebecois said Sunday the separatist movement is united and poised to advance.

Gilles Duceppe hailed the 93-percent endorsement provincial Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois won at the party convention Saturday, saying, "Bravo to the future first woman premier of Quebec."

Asked by the Montreal Gazette whether he might want to lead the province, he said, "I am working hand-in-hand with Pauline Marois. I was very happy to hear this result, just as much as Pauline. My goal is to make Quebec a country. I came into politics for that and I'm trying very hard to achieve it."

Duceppe appealed to the PQ to mobilize supporters for the Bloc in the federal election.

"We are all sovereignists," he said, "More united than ever. We have only one task to accomplish. Elect the maximum number of sovereignists in Ottawa and then we go to the next phase. Electing a PQ government.

"A strong Bloc in Ottawa. A PQ in power in Quebec. And everything becomes possible again."

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