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  Duceppe, Gilles
AffiliationBloc Québécois  
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NameGilles Duceppe
Montréal, Québec , Canada
Born July 22, 1947 (74 years)
Last ModifedIndyGeorgia
Oct 20, 2017 09:25pm
Tags Quebecois -
InfoGilles Duceppe is a social democratic politician in the Province of Quebec, Canada. He is a Member of Parliament and the leader of the sovereigntist Bloc Québécois also known as the Bloc. He is the son of a well-known Québécois actor, Jean Duceppe, and Hélène Rowley.

Duceppe is a native of Montreal, Quebec. He studied political science at the University of Montreal. In his youth, he advocated communism, and was a card-carrying member of the Communist Worker's Party. Duceppe later said his three-year membership in the Communist Worker's Party was a mistake brought on by a search for fundamental change [1] ([Link] He later became a trade union negotiator.

In 1990, Duceppe was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the newly-formed Bloc Québécois in a by-election in Montreal's Laurier—Sainte-Marie riding. At the time, he was forced to run as an independent because the Bloc had not been registered by Elections Canada as a political party. All of the Bloc's other Members of Parliament had crossed the floor from either the Progressive Conservative Party or the Liberal Party earlier that year. Duceppe's victory in a by-election demonstrated, for the first time, that the party had electoral support in Quebec and was capable of winning elections. Previously, many pundits (and members of other parties) predicted that the Bloc would not be able to gain the support of the voters.

In 1996, when Lucien Bouchard stepped down as Bloc leader to become leader of the Parti Québécois, Duceppe served as interim leader of the party until Michel Gauthier was elected later that year. However, Gauthier was forced out of the party leadership in 1997, and Duceppe became party leader and Leader of the Opposition.

In the 1997 general election, the Bloc lost official opposition status, slipping to third place in the House of Commons behind the Reform Party. The party's caucus in the Commons was reduced went from 54 to 44 seats, and fell further to 38 seats in the 2000 election. Duceppe was criticized for his ineffective campaign skills in both elections, but no serious challenge to his leadership was mounted.

However, with the sponsorship scandal that erupted soon after Jean Chrétien's departure as Liberal leader in 2003, the Bloc's fortunes improved markedly. In the 2004 election, Duceppe's Bloc won 54 seats in the Commons, returning to the party's all-time high. During the election's national debates, Duceppe's lucid explanations and chastising of the other national party leaders lead to him being judged to be the best speaker by both the French and English media. The unification of the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties meant that the Bloc did not form the Opposition as it did when it last had as many seats.

With Chrétien's departure, Duceppe became the longest-serving current leader of a major party in Canada.

With recent success of the Bloc and his increasingly well-received performance as leader, speculation has grown that Duceppe might seek the leadership of the Parti Québécois.


DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
04/08/2009-04/13/2009 Ekos Research Associates 52.00% ( 24.0) 36.00% ( 8.0) 12.00% ( 15.0)
02/07/2005-02/09/2005 Ekos Research Associates 28.00% ( 0.0) 44.00% ( 0.0) 27.00% ( 0.0)
06/04/2002-06/05/2002 CTV 33.00% ( 0.0) 37.00% ( 0.0) 31.00% ( 0.0)

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Jun 09, 2015 06:00pm Announcement Gilles Duceppe to return to lead Bloc into next election  Article IndyGeorgia 
May 14, 2007 05:00pm General 'I made a mistake,' Duceppe says of PQ flip-flop  Article Monsieur 
Mar 16, 2007 09:00am General Duceppe celebrating his 10th anniversary at the helm of the Bloc Quebecois  Article Monsieur 
Jan 16, 2006 10:00pm News Bloc leader impresses many outside Quebec  Article User 13 
Jun 10, 2005 10:00pm General Duceppe will stay in Ottawa  Article Monsieur 
Feb 27, 2004 12:00am Perspective The man who could be king-maker [Gilles Duceppe]  Article The Oncoming Storm 

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  06/10/2015 BQ Leadership Election Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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  05/02/2011 CAN Prime Minister Lost 1.30% (-52.60%)
  05/02/2011 CAN Leader of the Opposition Lost 2.82% (-69.72%)
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  10/14/2008 CAN Prime Minister Lost 15.91% (-30.52%)
  02/06/2006 CAN Leader of the Opposition Lost 27.87% (-28.42%)
  01/23/2006 CAN Prime Minister Lost 16.56% (-23.70%)
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  07/13/2004 CAN Leader of the Opposition Lost 31.40% (-26.16%)
  06/28/2004 CAN Prime Minister Lost 17.53% (-26.30%)
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  11/27/2000 CAN Prime Minister Lost 12.62% (-44.52%)
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  11/27/2000 CAN Leader of the Opposition Lost 29.46% (-21.71%)
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  06/02/1997 CAN Leader of the Opposition Lost 30.34% (-11.03%)
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  03/15/1997 CAN Leader of the Opposition Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/15/1996 CAN Leader of the Opposition Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  10/25/1993 QC Parliament - Laurier—Sainte-Marie Won 61.79% (+37.28%)
  12/19/1990 QC Parliament - Laurier–Sainte-Marie - Party Switch Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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  06/26/2007 Leadership Race - Parti Québécois Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
  05/15/2015 Parti Québécois Leader Lost 0.00% (-57.58%)
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