MONTREAL — The Bloc Quebecois has called a news conference for Wednesday morning amid reports that longtime leader Gilles Duceppe is about to take over the job from Mario Beaulieu.

Both men will attend the event.

The Bloc statement regarding the news conference says Beaulieu will outline Duceppe’s role in this fall’s election campaign.

It also says the two men will not make any comment today in order to respect the memory of former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau, whose funeral will be held in Montreal this afternoon.

The 67-year-old Duceppe was a Bloc MP for 21 years and served as leader between 1997 and 2011, when the party was nearly wiped out at the federal election.

Currently, the party has only two MPs out of 75 in Quebec. 

Beaulieu said on his Facebook account Monday that Duceppe had accepted an offer to work alongside him during the election campaign.

The two men had a falling-out in 2014 after Beaulieu said it was time to put an end to what he called 20 years of go-slow approach to sovereignty.


The Canadian Press