With the Conservatives crowing the Bloc Québécois no longer has a “monopoly on Quebec values,” Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe Tuesday morning said his party has heard the message from voters loud and clear.
In a statement, Duceppe said voters in the eastern Quebec riding of Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup were unhappy with the Bloc in opting to vote for the Conservative candidate, La Pocatière mayor Bernard Généreux.
Duceppe took solace in the fact the Bloc retained the riding of Hochelaga, where former Parti Québécois cabinet minister Daniel Paillé coasted to victory.
But the rest of the results were bad news for the Bloc.
“Whether the results are favourable or not, in an election the voters are always right,” Duceppe said. “And when they speak, we have to respect their decision. It is an expression of democracy.”