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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 4:28 pm    Post subject: Former Anti-Merger Star PC MP Barchand to run for CPC! Reply with quote

http://www.radio-canada.ca/reg.....tour.shtml

L'ancien député progressiste-conservateur, André Bachand, effectue un retour en politique fédérale. M. Bachand annoncera mardi qu'il défendra les couleurs du Parti conservateur dans la circonscription de Sherbrooke lors des prochaines élections.

André Bachand a confirmé qu'il quittera vendredi ses fonctions de chef de poste du Bureau du Québec à Ottawa. Il occupait ce poste depuis son retrait de la vie politique en 2004.

Cette nouvelle a de quoi surprendre puisque M. Bachand avait quitté le Parti conservateur en 2003, car il s'opposait aux politiques de Stephen Harper. « Il me serait insoutenable de représenter les gens de Richmond-Arthabaska sous une bannière qui a contredit bon nombre de mes idéaux et de mes objectifs », avait-il dit lorsqu'il avait annoncé qu'il devenait député indépendant suite à la fusion entre le Parti progressiste-conservateur et l'Alliance canadienne.

Pour sa part, le député bloquiste Serge Cardin doute du retour de M. Bachand en politique, même s'il reconnaît que sa candidature entraînerait une lutte intéressante dans la circonscription de Sherbrooke. « Ça me surprendra toujours, car à l'époque la façon qu'il avait claqué la porte au Parti conservateur [...] en donnant des qualificatifs pas tellement réjouissants sur le Parti conservateur [...], il se condamnait déjà lui-même », croit-il.

André Bachand a été élu député dans Richmond-Arthabaska pour la première fois en 1997. Il a également été maire d'Asbestos de 1986 à 1997.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darn where is the translation button on this darn thing anyway........
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Usually the English media picks these stories up after a day or two.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically it says that Bachand announced that he will run for the CPC in Sherbrooke.

The riding is currently held by a BQ MP who said it was surprising that Bachand is joining the CPC since he opposed the merger and slammed Stephen Harper.

Remember, Bachand was one of the PCs who refused to merge and sat as "independent Progressive Conservatives" with Joe Clark after the merger.

He's probably kicking himself in the ass because if he had joined the CPC he'd probably be a high ranking minister now.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.radio-canada.ca/reg.....tour.shtml

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L'ancien député progressiste-conservateur, André Bachand, effectue un retour en politique fédérale. M. Bachand annoncera mardi qu'il défendra les couleurs du Parti conservateur dans la circonscription de Sherbrooke lors des prochaines élections.

André Bachand a confirmé qu'il quittera vendredi ses fonctions de chef de poste du Bureau du Québec à Ottawa. Il occupait ce poste depuis son retrait de la vie politique en 2004.

Cette nouvelle a de quoi surprendre puisque M. Bachand avait quitté le Parti conservateur en 2003, car il s'opposait aux politiques de Stephen Harper. « Il me serait insoutenable de représenter les gens de Richmond-Arthabaska sous une bannière qui a contredit bon nombre de mes idéaux et de mes objectifs », avait-il dit lorsqu'il avait annoncé qu'il devenait député indépendant suite à la fusion entre le Parti progressiste-conservateur et l'Alliance canadienne.

Pour sa part, le député bloquiste Serge Cardin doute du retour de M. Bachand en politique, même s'il reconnaît que sa candidature entraînerait une lutte intéressante dans la circonscription de Sherbrooke. « Ça me surprendra toujours, car à l'époque la façon qu'il avait claqué la porte au Parti conservateur [...] en donnant des qualificatifs pas tellement réjouissants sur le Parti conservateur [...], il se condamnait déjà lui-même », croit-il.

André Bachand a été élu député dans Richmond-Arthabaska pour la première fois en 1997. Il a également été maire d'Asbestos de 1986 à 1997.


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The former Progressive Conservative MP, Andre Bachand, making a comeback in federal policy. Mr. Bachand will announce Tuesday that it will defend the colours of the Conservative Party in the riding of Sherbrooke in the forthcoming elections.

Andre Bachand confirmed Friday he will leave his functions as head of the office of the Bureau of Quebec in Ottawa. He held the post since his withdrawal from political life in 2004.

This is somewhat surprising since Mr. Bachand had left the Conservative Party in 2003 because he opposed the policies of Stephen Harper. "It would be untenable to represent the people of Richmond-Arthabaska under a banner that contradicted many of my ideals and my goals," he said when he announced that he became an independent member following the merger between the Progressive Conservative Party and Canadian Alliance.

For its part, the Bloc MP Serge Cardin doubt the return of Mr. Bachand in politics, even if he acknowledges that his candidacy would lead to an interesting fight in the riding of Sherbrooke. "It always surprises me, because at the time how he had slammed the door to Conservative Party [...] giving qualifiers not so pleasing on the Conservative Party [...], he was already condemned him himself, "he believes.

For its part, the candidate of the Liberal Party of Canada in Sherbrooke, Nathalie Goguen, sees a good eye the arrival of Mr. Bachand. "So much the better if it has a good team. [..] Democracy, it is with all the colors of parties and it is in the debate that succeeds, as elector, to get an idea. "

Andre Bachand was elected MP in Richmond-Arthabaska for the first time in 1997. It was also mayor of Asbestos from 1986 to 1997.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Remember, Bachand was one of the PCs who refused to merge and sat as "independent Progressive Conservatives" with Joe Clark after the merger.


This is huge...... :shock:
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Bloc MP is crazy. Bachand running just further legitimizes the CPC in Quebec.

Now if we could just get Joe Cark to come back. :P
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are few people left standing beside Joe Clark and his insolence.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have often wondered why we didn't bother running a more name candidate in Sherbrooke.

Jean Charest use to dominate that riding for the old Progressive Conservatives, and we generally just let it slip away when he left.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Blue wrote:
Basically it says that Bachand announced that he will run for the CPC in Sherbrooke.

The riding is currently held by a BQ MP who said it was surprising that Bachand is joining the CPC since he opposed the merger and slammed Stephen Harper.

Remember, Bachand was one of the PCs who refused to merge and sat as "independent Progressive Conservatives" with Joe Clark after the merger.

He's probably kicking himself in the ass because if he had joined the CPC he'd probably be a high ranking minister now.

Not at all surprising. He did not think that the CPC would be a winning strategy, so he opposed it. Now it has had some success, so he wants back in. Simple political math. This is a politician who at worst sees his best chance of being elected as being a CPC candidate. Hopefully, he has also realized that the policies of the CPC align more closely with his personal beliefs than any other party.
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