Friday, January 12, 2007

Ducasse Will Run for NDP in Hull-Aylmer

Le Devoir is reporting that the NDP's Quebec lieutenant, Pierre Ducasse, is abandoning his home turf of Manicouagan to take a run in the slightly more NDP-friendly riding of Hull-Aylmer.

Ducasse lost three elections in a row in Manicouagan, increasing his share of the popular vote each time, but only reaching a high-mark of 13% of the vote in the 2006 federal election.

This is likely a good strategic move for Ducasse given that the Bloc's stranglehold on Manicouagan would be much harder to break than the Liberal's weak grasp on Hull-Aylmer. I'm not about to predict an NDP breakthrough in Quebec, but a five or six way race can always yield some surprising results.