This is interesting …
Michel Gauthier, who served in parliament for over 13 years as a Bloc Québécois Member of Parliament and who was, in 1996/97 leader of his Party and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament has joined the Conservative Party of Canada.
According to an article in the Montreal Gazette: “Gauthier, who still describes himself as a nationalist, said he has not been a member of any political party for 11 years … [but] … he chose to join Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives because the party “has always respected Quebec’s competencies and its status as a nation” … [and] … He said he voted for Brian Mulroney in the 1984 and 1988 federal elections.”
Further, “Gauthier said plans to campaign with Conservative candidate Richard Martel in the riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, where a by-election must be called by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau no later than June 2.“
This is good news for the Conservatives and, concomitantly, bad news for the Trudeau Liberals, but I do not believe it will substantially alter the CPC’s rather dismal prospects in Quebec. I believe that the CPC must look to winning 5 to 20 seats in Quebec, rarely more … it must win most, 150 of the 170 seats needed to form a majority, West of the Ottawa River in ON, MB, SK, AB and BC.