MONTREAL – Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe lost his Montreal riding on Monday after a 21-year run.
The 63-year-old Duceppe proved to be just another Bloc pushover as the NDP steamrolled to a crushing victory in Quebec.
Duceppe, who became the Bloc’s first MP in 1990, was defeated by Helene Laverdiere in Laurier-Sainte-Marie.
“A month ago it was a dream,” Laverdiere said. “(Then), a few weeks ago seeing how people were listening to what we had to say, we started to think, ‘Well, maybe the dream will come true.’ ”
Laverdiere lived in Ottawa for years as a Canadian diplomat.
“As I like to say, I didn’t sign up to race against Gilles Duceppe,” she said.
“I signed up to let the people of Laurier-Sainte-Marie have a good, wide look at what the NDP would offer and obviously they seem to have liked it.”