Town­ship­per’s run for Bloc

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff

As Bloc Québé­cois leader, Gilles Du­ceppe, has of­ten said: “ I’m the bloke who turned Bloc.” He re­peated it, last Fri­day, when the Stan­tead Jour­nal started ask­ing ques­tions in English to the new star can­di­date in what is still BromeMis­sisquoi (more on that later).

As M.P. Chris­tian Ouel­let has de­cided to re­tire, the Bloc needed a new face to run against for­mer Lib­eral, De­nis Par­adis, who in­tends to re­turn to Ot­tawa in the next fed­eral elec­tion. So the Bloc chose, pass­ing over the awk­ward nom­i­na­tion process of the Bloc, to name the for­mer NDP can­di­date, Chris­telle Bogosta.

Mrs. Bogosta was work­ing for Town­ship­per’s As­so­ci­a­tion as re­cently as last year as a health li­ai­son agent; her name is ev­ery­where on the Town­ship­per’s site.

When asked by this news­pa­per why she had vol­un­teered to work , as a mother vol­un­teer at FACE, Mon­treal’s fine arts bilin­gual school, she in­sisted that she did so as a French mother. As bilin­gual schools are anath­ema to the ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers of the Bloc, she will have some ex­plain­ing

see Du­ceppe, page 3

to do.

If Mrs. Bogosta was all smiles, then the Cheshire cat smile of Mr. Du­ceppe must still be lin­ger­ing in the room at the Auberge Estri­mont where he made the an­nounce­ment. There was not a word about him on the of­fi­cial press re­lease, a sign that maybe he de­cided to at­tend at the last minute, but you could sense the re­lief of hav­ing an ex­cel­lent can­di­date in the rid­ing that, apart from the De­nis Par­adis in­ter­lude, was al­most al­ways ei­ther Con­ser­va­tive or Bloc.

Mrs. Bogosta in­sisted on the term co­hab­i­ta­tion when de­scrib­ing how she sees her role as a can­di­date. She ad­mit­ted vot­ing yes in the last ref­er­en­dum and said that she re­mained a sovereignist in the NDP, which she rep­re­sented in the last elec­tion. She re­ferred to the Sher­brooke Dec­la­ra­tion of her for­mer party as non-work­able.

Mrs. Bogosta is also an or­ganic farmer in Fre­lighs­burg, so it will come as no sur­prise that she said that the Bloc is : ”the only party that is able to rally all pro­gres­sive forces in Que­bec and the only one that can ob­tain (Pro­ges­sive) re­sults while wait­ing for a sov­er­eign Que­bec state.”

Mr. Ouel­let was also all smiles: he would have been 81 by the end of the next Fed­eral term, af­ter all. His train study is go­ing well and he pro­posed to leave a mark on his­tory by propos­ing that the rid­ing shed Mis­sisiquoi in favour of be­com­ing BromeMem­phré­m­a­gog. Mr. Du­ceppe’s smile was not en­tirely there on this idea.

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Chris­telle Bogosta, a for­mer NDP can­di­date, is now run­ning for the Bloc Que­be­cois.

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