'What Blanchet has said again and again is, ‘We’ll take a position in accordance with what’s in the best interest of Quebec,’ allowing him not to have to take a left or right stance more generally,' says Sébastien Dallaire.
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has identified climate change and stronger environmental protections as areas of potential co-operation with the government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
As the Bloc Québécois settles into the position of potentially holding the balance of power in the House, pollsters say the party will have to contend with keeping its “eclectic coalition” intact.
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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'