Duceppe, Gilles

Began as Inspector Clousseau-style successor to Lucien Bouchard as Federal Bloc Quebecois leader, citing Mexico as an illustration of how business can continue despite internal trouble, and seemed destined to be the first in line to offer Carlos Salinas political asylum when and if the other shoe dropped. But Duceppe grew into his job, and during the 2004 federal election debate, he came off as the only leader English Canadians trusted. Even though he continued to want to run a foreign country, Duceppe remained a favourite of English Canadians until Quebec tired of him and elected a horde of drunken Cartleton University graduate students as NDP MPs in 2011.   Ah well.

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