The Bloc rejects any coalition government scenario

the Bloc Quebecois rejects formal support for a possible coalition government.

Unlike his predecessor Gilles Duceppe, Yves-Francois Blanchet on Thursday rejected the scenario whereby a minority Conservative or Liberal government would gain the formal support of its party to hold on.

Mr. Blanchet, however, wants a minority government that would last for a full four-year term. However, it has never happened that a minority government has lasted so long in Canada and a coalition agreement could have ensured the longevity of such a government.

“The best guarantee”

The Bloc leader does not want to be unduly bound even if he could hold the balance of power in a future Parliament.

“History strongly suggested that it was an approach that could” tie “the political formation,” said Mr. Blanchet at a press briefing in front of the Cégep de l’Outaouais.

“The obligation for a government [minoritaire] or a party to do something that is good for Quebec in order to ensure the support of the Bloc is the best guarantee we can have. “

Remember that in 2008, Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe and his NDP counterparts, Jack Layton, and Liberal Stéphane Dion, signed an agreement to form a coalition government in place of Stephen Harper’s conservatives.

The Bloc Québécois pledged not to defeat the coalition government until the end of June 2010, 19 months. For their part, the Liberal Party and the NDP formed a government with both Liberal and New Democrat ministers. The Bloc was not going to be part of the government.

Finally, the Conservative government asked the Governor General to prorogue Parliament to avoid being overthrown.

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