The Bloc Quebecois to announce its new leader today

The new leader of the Bloc Quebecois will be revealed later today.

The party's approximately 19,000 members in good stanging voted by telephone over three days earlier this week to elect a successor to Chief Daniel Paillé after he resigned for health reasons in December 2013.

Member participation rate rose to 58.5 per cent.

The last time the party elected a leader in 2011, only 38 per cent of members cast a vote.

This time, they had two candidates to choose from: Richmond-Arthabaska MP André Bellavance, who largely has the support of the Bloc caucus behind him, and Mario Beaulieu, the president of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal.

Beaulieu says he intends to return Quebec sovereignty to the foreground of public debate if elected. Bellavance, rather, says he wants to welcome "all those who have the interests of Quebec at heart" into the party fold.

The new party leader will be unveiled at 10 a.m. at a rally to be held in Montreal.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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  1. Skipper posted on 06/14/2014 06:35 AM
    Who care, bunch of losers.
  2. ric posted on 06/14/2014 07:36 AM
    And the new waste of time and money is..................!
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