Townshipper’s run for Bloc
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
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.
Christelle Bogosta, a former NDP candidate, is now running for the Bloc Quebecois.