Gilles Duceppe

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Gilles Duceppe
Gilles Duceppe 2011 (cropped).jpg
Leader of the Opposition
In office
March 15, 1997 – June 1, 1997
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterJean Chrétien
Preceded byMichel Gauthier
Succeeded byPreston Manning
In office
January 16, 1996 – February 17, 1996
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterJean Chrétien
Preceded byLucien Bouchard
Succeeded byMichel Gauthier
Leader of the Bloc Québécois
In office
June 10, 2015[1] – October 22, 2015
Preceded byMario Beaulieu
Succeeded byRhéal Fortin (interim)
In office
March 15, 1997 – May 2, 2011
Preceded byMichel Gauthier
Succeeded byVivian Barbot (Interim)
Daniel Paillé
In office
January 16, 1996 – February 17, 1996
Interim
Preceded byLucien Bouchard
Succeeded byMichel Gauthier
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Laurier—Sainte-Marie
In office
August 13, 1990 – May 1, 2011
Preceded byJean-Claude Malépart
Succeeded byHélène Laverdière
Personal details
Born (1947-07-22) July 22, 1947 (age 71)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyBloc Québécois
Other political
affiliations
Workers' Communist Party of Canada (formerly)
Spouse(s)Yolande Brunelle
ChildrenAmélie Duceppe
Alma materUniversity of Montreal (Incomplete)
ProfessionOrderly
Union organizer
Political analyst
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Gilles Duceppe (French pronunciation: ​[ʒil dysɛp]; born July 22, 1947) is a Canadian politician. He was leader of the Québec sovereignty movement and former leader of the Bloc Québécois. He was a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada for over 20 years and has been the leader of the sovereigntist Bloc Québécois for 15 years in three stints: 1996, 1997-2011 and in 2015.

He resigned as party leader after the 2011 election, in which he lost his own seat to New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Hélène Laverdière and his party suffered a heavy defeat; however, he returned four years later to lead the party into the 2015 election.[2][3] After being defeated in his own riding by Laverdière again, he resigned once more.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "DUCEPPE, Gilles". House of Commons of Canada. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  2. "Duceppe quits after BQ crushed in Quebec". CBC News. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. "Willingness to be united - pushed Gilles Duceppe to accept Bloc Québécois leadership". Montreal Gazette. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. "Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe to step down". cbc.ca. Retrieved 2015-10-22.