MONTREAL — Yves-François Blanchet likely to become leader of the Bloc québécois Tuesday, and this crowning is desirable for the party, according to the veteran mp bloquiste Louis Plamondon.
The application period ends on 15 January, and the former minister in the pq still has no opponent.
In an interview with The canadian Press, Louis Plamondon points out that the general elections are approaching very quickly, and that the Bloc should “put to work” quickly.
It reminds us that a leadership race would cost more than $ 100,000 to the Block, that he can hardly afford. “We can not afford to waste such an amount, with the limited means that we have”, said the member of parliament for Bécancour-Nicolet-Saurel.
Mr. Plamondon noted that the new chief will have to start in the shortest possible time a tour of Quebec to whip up the troops and choose the candidates for the elections of next October.
Louis Plamondon says that, in any case, Yves-François Blanchet has all the qualities required and the reputation necessary to lead the party. “We are fortunate to have her as a leadership candidate”, he adds.
In addition, according to Mr. Plamondon, the polls show that Mr. Blanchet is an “extremely” well received by the population of Quebec.
“Why have a fight for the chieftainship, and embark in other debates,” said Louis Plamondon. “It seems to me that it was quite had for the past few months,” he concludes.
As to the election programme of the Bloc québécois, it will be finalized at the next congress of the formation, in late February or early march.
Louis Plamondon will be a candidate again, for 11 of the election. If he is elected and complete his term, he has served for 39 years. In longevity, it will occupy the 3rd rank of the history of the House of commons, after the former conservative prime minister John Diefenbaker and the former liberal minister Herb Gray.