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RSS FeedsHere are the main federal parties seeking your support on Oct. 21
(The Star Theatre)


11 september 2019 05:50:05

Here are the main federal parties seeking your support on Oct. 21
(The Star Theatre)

Bloc QuébécoisLeader: Yves-François BlanchetAge: 54Political career: A former provincial environment minister under Parti Québecois premier Pauline Marois from December 2012 to April 2014.Strengths: Blanchet is a seasoned campaigner, and has name recognition in Quebec where he was a commentator on an afternoon tv show, was once president of Quebec’s association for music, shows and film, and was the sole candidate who ran to lead the fractured BQ movement in time for the federal election. Weaknesses: He will have to infuse the party with a raison d’être, and motivate volunteers and organizers at a time when Quebec races are very competitive.Campaign slogan: Le Québec, C’est Nous (Quebec is Us)Seats at dissolution: 10Election challenge: To rally separatist and soft nationalist voters enough to return to relevance. Support for separatism in Quebec has waned in recent years and with it, public backing for the Bloc Québécois.Conservative Party of CanadaLeader: Andrew ScheerAge: 40Political career: Scheer is the Ottawa-born and raised MP for a Saskatchewan riding, Regina-Qu’Appelle. He was first elected in 2004, and became Speaker of the House of Commons in 2011 at the age of 32, the youngest person to hold the role. He held the post until 2015 when the Conservatives lost the election. Stephen Harper stepped down as party leader. Scheer was elected leader in 2017 by party members after 13 rounds of balloting, with barely 51 per cent of the vote.Strengths: Scheer has a pleasant smiling demeanour, and little political baggage having been a backbencher and later Speaker. He did not a make a lot of enemies despite many years in parliament.Weaknesses: Unclear how much he can stand the political heat of debates or the campaign trail. He tends to turn on his heel when pressed by reporters and has been indecisive or slow to take decisions such as evicting a caucus MP.Campaign slogan: “It’s time for y ...
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