Bouchard, Lucien

Until recently, Quebec Premier, former and defacto leader of the federal Bloc Quebecois and self-appointed Quebec Dauphin-in-Waiting. He’s actually a small-town Quebec lawyer cut from same slinky cloth as Brian Mulroney, except that he has a French name, a more attractive wife and a wooden leg instead of a wooden personality. Bouchard’s chief talent as a human being is a willingness to shove sharp pointed objects between the ribs of whomever stands between him and ascension to the throne of New France. That his resignation was greeted by such widespread grief from both in and outside of Quebec tells us more about what people fear about successor Bernard Landry than what they really thought about Bouchard. Landry’s red rag comments and clumsy fed-baiting has not disappointed.

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