Former Bloc leader says Canada is 'a great country'

Gilles Duceppe in Montreal, June 6, 2014. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency)

Gilles Duceppe in Montreal, June 6, 2014. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:05 PM ET

MONTREAL — Canada got a ringing endorsement Monday from the unlikeliest of people — lifelong separatist and former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe.

In a column in Le Journal de Montreal, a QMI Agency newspaper, Duceppe extolled the virtues of the country he tried to break up during his 21 years in politics.

He blasted federal politics in general and Stephen Harper's Conservatives in particular, but Duceppe said Canada Day gives him positive vibes.

"I understand why Canadians celebrate the 1st of July, since Canada is a great country," he wrote. "I always said that we should not push for sovereignty against Canada, but for Quebec."

 


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