It's official: Gilles Duceppe won't run for PQ leadership

Gilles Duceppe will not run to be leader of the Parti Quebecois, despite polls that say he's the party's best hope.

The longtime former leader of the Bloc Québécois leader confirmed his decision to CJAD on Tuesday.

Duceppe says he dismissed the idea of running for the PQ even before the positive polling numbers started coming in.

By contrast, two other MNAs, Pierre Karl Peladeau and the lawyer Véronique Hivon only bumped the party up by two points.

The other likely candidates — including Bernard Drainville and Jean-François Lisée — wouldn't do anything to make the PQ more popular.

He also says he doesn't think the PQ should be in a hurry to hold a leadership campaign — that now is the time to hold discussions as to the party's future direction, following their crushing defeat at the polls on April 7.

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