On the Stump - Week­end One

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Sher­brooke

Hard­habits are hard to for­get, so it was no sur­prise that the Bloc Québé­cois bus car­ry­ing Gilles Du­ceppe to Sher­brooke, last Sun­day, took the wrong turn and, rather than park­ing in front of the Musée des BeauxArts de Sher­brooke, was on the op­po­site side of Duf­ferin street, to the dis­may of the huge RCMP de­tail pro­tect­ing all can­di­dates as they do the Prime Min­is­ter whose se­cu­rity de­tail ex­ceeds the one that Pierre-El­liot Trudeau had dur­ing the 1970 FLQ cri­sis.

From then on, ev­ery­thing went ac­cord­ing to plan and the plan was per­fect. While the venue seems big from the out­side, it’s not in­side and it was easy to fill the room to over­flow­ing, even on a Sun­day morn­ing. Most can­di­dates from the Town­ships were there as were their or­gan­is­ers mak­ing for a full room with very few or­di­nary vot­ers. Still, the Bloc ma­chine could be seen as pow­er­ful and win­ning in most rid­ings with the ex­cep­tion of Brome-Mis­siquoi where the bus made a stop in the af­ter­noon to boost the can­di­dacy of can­di­date Chris­telle Bogosta, the for­mer NDP can­di­date in the rid­ing. At a stop in Dun­ham, Mr. Du­ceppe urged a co­he­sive plan for broad­band ac­cess across the coun­try. In BromeMis­sisiquoi, for­mer MP Chris­tian Ouel­let’s at­tempt to change the name to Brome-Mem­phrem­a­gog hav­ing died with his re­tire­ment, the Bloc will be fac­ing the re­turn of De­nis Par­adis as a Lib­eral can­di­date once again. He lost by a lit­tle over 1,200 votes in 2008, but Mrs. Bogosta got 4,514 as an NDP can­di­date. What re­mains to be seen is if she will be able to trans­late her knowl­edge of the English vote in the rid­ing; up to a cou­ple of months ago she was an em­ployee of the Town­ship­pers’

Comp­ton-Stanstead can­di­date France Bon­sant gets a warm em­brace from Bloc Québé­cois leader Gilles Du­ceppe.

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