Bloc Québécois supporters
By Richard Fidler
October 19, 2008 -- Once again, the Bloc Québécois has taken a majority of Quebec’s
seats in Canada's House of Commons — 50 out of 75, one less than in 2006,
although down by three percentage points.
In doing so, it dashed
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s hopes of a Conservative breakthrough in Quebec that
would deliver him a majority government in Ottawa. Working people
throughout Canada heaved a sigh of relief.
The Bloc’s support is
more than a rejection of the Tories’ right-wing policies. As Bloc
leader Gilles Duceppe declared on election night, October 14, it is a
clear demonstration “that Quebec is a distinct nation linguistically,
culturally, socially and economically”. This was the sixth consecutive
federal election since 1993 in which the pro-sovereignty Bloc has won a
majority of Quebec’s seats under the first-past-the-post system.