On the Stump - Weekend One
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.