Gilles Duceppe is a Canadian politician, proponent 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 is the son of a well-known Quebec actor, Jean Duceppe. He was Leader of the Official Opposition in the Parliament of Canada from March 17, 1997, to June 1, 1997. 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. After being defeated in his own riding by Laverdière again, he resigned once more.
|I have never believed that things happen by themselves.|
|I want my own country, not against Canada but for Quebec.|
|It's a falsehood to state that francophone communities are thriving.|
|Look at what has occurred in history. When the Berlin Wall fell, it was not surprising, but it was unexpected. Who predicted the Arab Spring? Nobody expected it, but all the ingredients were there. I think all the ingredients are also there for Quebec to become a country. But when? That's another question.||History|
|My father was an actor, and we have the most important theatre company in Montreal.|
|Why is this government so insensitive to the concerns of the middle-class people?||Government|
|Why would it be ridiculous that Quebec has an army?|