Report: Gilles Duceppe to call it a day

Report: Gilles Duceppe to call it a day

Main pic: Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe arrives at the Bloc Quebecois election headquarters to speak to supporters, Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot. 

QUEBEC — Gilles Duceppe will step down as Bloc Quebecois leader, the CBC’s French-language network reported Wednesday.

Radio-Canada quoted unnamed sources as saying he will not go to Ottawa to lead the party.

The Bloc won 10 seats in Monday’s election but saw its share of the popular vote drop to below 20 per cent.

Duceppe, who failed to get re-elected in Laurier-Sainte-Marie, has scheduled a news conference in Montreal at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau said he wants Duceppe to stay on.

Peladeau said Duceppe has a handle on federal issues as well as a good knowledge of federal intrusion into provincial jurisdiction.

“I think he is a major asset and I hope he remains leader of the Bloc,” he told reporters in Quebec City.

Peladeau didn’t specify whether he’d spoken with Duceppe since Monday night.

The Canadian Press

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