Friday, April 29, 2005

Membership Has its Privileges

Our first report from Quebec is in...

A crucial lapse seems to have played former Societie Saint-Jean-Baptiste President Guy Bouthillier for a bit of a fool. According to La Presse, Bouthillier was interested in being the Bloc candidate in Outremont against incumbent Liberal (and the recently rather quiet) Jean Lapierre.

Unfortunately, Bouthillier hadn't renewed his Bloc membership since 1998 and was ineligible to seek the nomination, if the nomination meeting is held May 18th as planned. All sorts of scullduggery could have the nomination pushed back to accommodate Bouthillier, but who knows, really.

Eight other people who are actual Bloc members have expressed interest in the nomination, and if no high profile candidate steps in, it could end up going to the riding's association president Jean-Paul Gilson.

Also, Marcel Gagnon, Bloc Quebecois MP for Saint-Maurice-Champlain will not stand for reelection. He's retiring at the age of 69, which sounds fair to us. According to L'Hebdo du St. Maurice-Shawinagan, Jean-Yves Laforest has voiced his plans to seek the nomination. He's president of a school board (commission scolaire de l'Energie).