Mario Beaulieu wins Bloc Quebecois leadership

Hardline sovereigntist Mario Beaulieu has been chosen as the new leader of the Bloc Quebecois.

The former head of the nationalist Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste beat out only one other candidate, Bloc MP Andre Bellavance, for the job.

Beaulieu has a difficult task ahead as he tries to rebuild the federal party devoted to Quebec nationalism.

The Bloc was reduced to just four seats in the Commons in the 2011 election from the 49 it held after the 2008 vote.

Bellavance had the support of the other three Bloc MPs but Beaulieu campaigned on a promise to make sovereignty a priority above all else.

The previous Bloc leader, Daniel Paille, resigned last December for health reasons.

Some 19,000 party members were eligible to vote and 58.5 per cent of them cast a ballot in the leadership race.

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  1. jonico posted on 06/14/2014 12:45 PM
    Beaulieu will do to Bloc Quebecois as what Pauline Marois did to PQ. Just a matter of time his backward way of thinking will dissolve that party from almost nothing to totally insignificant.
  2. maria posted on 06/14/2014 02:32 PM
    OH GOD!!! What a waste of seats , why does the Canadian gouvernment even allow such a racist in the house.
  3. GT posted on 06/14/2014 03:09 PM
    This is one big yawn!!!
  4. ric posted on 06/14/2014 10:36 PM
    There aren't enough building supplies at reno depot to rebuild the bloc quebecois. Give it up you bunch of losers.
  5. Mark posted on 06/15/2014 10:11 AM
    There could be no better news for the province! First, Pauline leads the PQ to its demise, and now Quebec's biggest bigot will bring down the Bloc. Believe it or not, today is a good day for Canada!
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