Is Gilles Duceppe about make a return to federal politics to help the struggling Bloc Quebecois?
According to political insider, and former Bloc and Liberal MP, Jean Lapierre, Duceppe is coming back to lead the separatist party.
Lapierre broke the news on TVA's Le Quebec Matin.
Citing sources inside the Bloc, Lapierre said that Duceppe will return as leader while current party leader Mario Beaulieu would become party president. Internal party polls reportedly show the BQ performing much better if Duceppe was leader than they have been under Beaulieu.
Beaulieu had already confirmed that Duceppe would be involved in the next campaign by posting on Facebook that he had asked Duceppe for assistance.
"For those who are wondering, I actually asked Mr. Duceppe to contribute to the next election campaign. To my delight, Gilles accepted my proposal. We discussed the role he will play. Our goal is to gather the maximum of women and men behind the Bloc Québécois for independence and for Quebec," Beaulieu wrote.
The Bloc dominated Quebec politics for years from 1993 until they collapsed under the Orange Crush that saw the NDP sweep Quebec in 2011. The BQ was reduced to four seats, they currently only have two MPs in the Commons, well below official party status.