Gilles Duceppe's hairnet raises eyebrows
Call it a blunder, a slip-up, a goof or a gaffe, but if it happens on the campaign trail it can make an election a lot more interesting – or even alter the outcome. From a Tory leader's famous fumble to a Liberal staffer's "beer and popcorn" bungle, CBC Digital Archives presents a selection of memorable Canadian federal election errors.
• The 1997 federal election was Duceppe's first as leader of the Bloc Québécois. He had taken over the job from Lucien Bouchard just a few weeks before the election was called. According to the Globe and Mail, Duceppe's campaign was beset by "myriad organizational problems" and "an ambiguous message." He fired his campaign manager, press liaison and media bus co-ordinator shortly after the cheese factory incident. • In the 1997 election, the Bloc lost enough seats that the Reform Party replaced it as the official opposition.
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: June 9, 1997
Guest(s): Gilles Duceppe
Reporter: Terence McKenna
Political cartoons by Aislin (Terry Mosher) and Garnotte (Michel Garneau).
Last updated: June 17, 2013
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