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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Bloc Quebecois set to choose new leader

The Bloc Québécois is choosing a new leader Sunday as the party seeks to rebuild after a disastrous showing in the May election.


Two current MPs, Maria Mourani and Jean-Francois Fortin, along with Daniel Paille, who lost his seat last election, are running for the top job.


But the leadership race has rarely made headlines and largely failed to grab the public's attention.


The separatist party had been dominant under longtime leader Gilles Duceppe until its near-total wipeout in the May 2 election. The Bloc Québécois, which held 47 of Quebec's 75 seats in the previous Parliament, saw just four of its candidates elected.


Party membership has slumped since then.


More than a quarter of the party's 53,000 members didn't renew their card and won't be able to vote for the next leader.

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