New Bloc leader vows to win back Quebec

Mario Beaulieu. (Twitter/MarioBeaulieu)

Mario Beaulieu. (Twitter/MarioBeaulieu)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:53 PM ET

OTTAWA — The new leader of the Bloc Quebecois says his goal is to "win" the federal election in 2015.

But winning for the Bloc means taking the majority of Quebec's 76 electoral seats, and Mario Beaulieu promised he'll put the NDP back in its place.

Beaulieu, the former head of two Quebec nationalist lobby groups, has divided Bloc supporters since he won the nomination last week. Part of the reason is his fiery pro-separatist rhetoric at a time when support for sovereignty in Quebec is low.

Beaulieu shrugged off NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair's assertion Wednesday that Beaulieu's entrance into federal politics will make no difference to the NDP's fortunes in Quebec.

The NDP holds 56 seats in Quebec and has a slight lead in the polls over the Liberals for top spot in the province.


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