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Duceppe, Gilles

Born: 1947 AD
Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
2.7 (54.29%) 28 votes

1947 – Born on the 22nd of July in Montreal, Quebec.

         – Duceppe studied political science at the Université de Montréal but did not complete his program of study.

1980 – Duceppe even went so far as to intentionally spoil his sovereignty-association referendum ballot arguing that Quebecois should instead focus their efforts on staying united to fight their common capitalist enemy.

1990 – Duceppe was elected to the Canadian House of Commons under the banner of the newly-formed Bloc Québécois in a by election in Montreal’s Laurier Sainte-Marie riding.

1996 – When Lucien Bouchard stepped down as Bloc leader to become leader of the Parti Québécois, Duceppe served as interim leader of the party.

1997 – In general election, the Bloc lost official opposition status, slipping to third place in the House of Commons behind the Reform Party.

2004 – In Election, Duceppe’s Bloc won 54 seats in the Commons, returning the party to its all-time high water mark.

2005 – With the recent success of the Bloc, and his increasingly well-received performance as leader, speculation mounted that Duceppe might seek the leadership of the Parti Québécois – particularly when Bernard Landry stepped down as party leader on the 4th of June.

         – On the 13th of June, Duceppe announced that he would not run for the leadership of the PQ.

2006 – In the federal election, many Bloc insiders believed that Duceppe’s popularity, combined with the unpopularity of the Liberal Party in Quebec, would push the Bloc Quebecois over the symbolic majority vote mark among Quebec voters.

2007 – On the 26th of March, Quebec provincial election, the Parti Québécois found itself reduced to third place in the National Assembly of Quebec, behind both the governing Quebec Liberal Party and the opposition Action démocratique du Québec.

         – Duceppe confirmed on the 11th of May, he would seek the PQ leadership yet the next day he withdrew from the race. After his withdrawal, Duceppe announced that he would support two time leadership hopeful Pauline Marois.

2.7 (54.29%) 28 votes