Paul Martin’s lieutenant in Quebec, Lapierre is a former Montreal radio host, more former founder of the Bloc Quebecois and really
former Liberal MP and organizer of Paul Martin’s 1990 Liberal leadership campaign. “Comical Ali”, as he was called by the more fun-loving members of the Quebec media because of his stubborn insistence that things were great when they obviously weren’t, Lapierre’s “I’m a federalist, now I’m a separatist, now I’m a federalist again” routine turned off Quebec Liberals
in droves and led to the resurgence of the Bloc Quebecois. That he almost lost Outremont in the 2004 election, a riding where Karla Homolka could win as a Liberal, speaks to his appeal in his home province and the Liberal fortunes there in the future.