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Gilles Duceppe
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Leader of the Opposition
In office
March 15, 1997 – June 1, 1997
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Michel Gauthier
Succeeded by Preston Manning
In office
January 16, 1996 – February 17, 1996
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Lucien Bouchard
Succeeded by Michel Gauthier
Leader of the Bloc Québécois
In office
June 10, 2015 – October 22, 2015
Preceded by Mario Beaulieu
Succeeded by Rhéal Fortin (interim)
In office
March 15, 1997 – May 2, 2011
Preceded by Michel Gauthier
Succeeded by Vivian Barbot (Interim)
Daniel Paillé
In office
January 16, 1996 – February 17, 1996
Interim
Preceded by Lucien Bouchard
Succeeded by Michel Gauthier
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Laurier—Sainte-Marie
In office
August 13, 1990 – May 1, 2011
Preceded by Jean-Claude Malépart
Succeeded by Hélène Laverdière
Personal details
Born July 22, 1947 (1947-07-22) (age 73)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political party Bloc Québécois
Other political
affiliations
Workers' Communist Party of Canada (formerly)
Spouse(s) Yolande Brunelle
Children Amélie Duceppe
Alma mater University of Montreal (Incomplete)
Profession Orderly
Union organizer
Political analyst
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Gilles Duceppe (French pronunciation: [ʒil dysɛp]; born July 22, 1947) is a Canadian politician. He was leader of the Québec sovereignty movement and former leader of the Bloc Québécois. He was a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada for over 20 years and has been the leader of the sovereigntist Bloc Québécois for 15 years in three stints: 1996, 1997-2011 and in 2015.

He resigned as party leader after the 2011 election, in which he lost his own seat to New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Hélène Laverdière and his party suffered a heavy defeat; however, he returned four years later to lead the party into the 2015 election. After being defeated in his own riding by Laverdière again, he resigned once more.



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