Harper government dismisses new Bloc leader

Photo: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

The Harper Conservatives wasted little time in dismissing the new leader of the Bloc Quebecois.

Prime Minister Harper's Quebec lieutenant said the Bloc has had its day and predicts Mario Beaulieu's hardline separatist stance won't resonate.

Denis Lebel says Quebecers are fed up with the old quarrels.

Beaulieu won a slim victory Saturday over his only opponent in the separatist party's leadership race.

He said explaining the benefits of breaking away from Canada will be his top priority.

Beaulieu said federalists have often announced the death of Quebec's independence movement, but he vows that separatists are returning with more determination and energy than ever.

Beaulieu has a difficult task ahead.

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

And the provincial sovereigntist Parti Quebecois was toppled from power in April.

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  1. Wendy Ramsey posted on 06/16/2014 09:28 AM
  2. steve posted on 06/16/2014 09:33 AM
    He is an embarrassment to the movement.
    1. Marty posted on 06/16/2014 10:24 PM
      @steve You care about the movement?
  3. Canadian posted on 06/16/2014 10:00 AM
    This guy just doesn't get it. Marois (sp?) got thumped the last election when it was hers to win when the separatist angle came out. It turned the publics interest off faster than watching golf. This numbskull isn't cluing in and he'll end up with a worse result.
    1. Lynne Marton posted on 06/16/2014 04:21 PM
      @Canadian There are always going to be those who have not realized nor accepted that the PQ lost - and lost so badly, too. Separation is a dead issue to those in the real world with the sanity to realize it - and still alive for those who live in their own little fantasy world. And just by looking at him with that far-away type look on his face, waving his flag, I am sure you can see which world he's in!
  4. Marjorie posted on 06/16/2014 11:14 AM
    Time to just sit back and chuckle..
  5. Paul posted on 06/17/2014 11:27 AM
    Beaulieu is a blessing in disguise. He is going put the final nail in the Bloc's coffin.
  6. Richard posted on 06/17/2014 08:31 PM
    Not that I back this guy...I'm Canadian 100% but Harper continues to show the world he has no class.

    Why doesn't he try running the country instead of wasting time with his childish attacks on his competition
    1. Michael posted on 06/18/2014 06:15 PM
      @Richard Harper has a million times the class of Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, Mario Beaulieu or Elizabeth May.

      Harper is the prime minister, and behaves the part. The others behave like children. Canada would be a scary place if Mulcair or Trudeau become PM.
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