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Bloc to support softwood deal


September 12, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Bloc Quebecois will vote in favour of the softwood lumber deal, the Ottawa Citizen reported, likely saving Cana…

The Bloc Quebecois will vote in favour of the softwood lumber deal, the Ottawa Citizen reported, likely saving Canadians from making another trip to the polls.

The Citizen reported party leader Gilles Duceppe as confirming the Bloc intends to support the deal. However, the party is calling on the government to cough up $390 million in the form of an assistance package, to bolster the faltering industry.

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“Everyone told us, ‘this is not the deal that we wanted,'” Duceppe said. “However, we have no choice. We are in a desperate situation.”

The Citizen further reported that the party isn’t placing conditions on its support for the deal, and has no intention of turning the deal into an opportunity to prematurely head to the polls.

“The question is not to say what is better for the Bloc, but what is better for Quebec,” Duceppe said.

The Liberals and NPD have said they intend to vote against the deal.


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