No cowboy hat for Duceppe
It turns out Gilles Duceppe is a big country and western fan.
The urbane Bloc leader, whose own Montreal riding includes arguably some of the hippest, most stylish neighbourhoods in Canada, says he is looking forward to his campaign stop at the St-Tite Western Festival today.
It's the second-largest country music and rodeo event in the country, after the Calgary Stampede, drawing tens of thousands of visitors every September to the small community of 4,000.
Duceppe says some of his favourite CDs include a country-folk album by Quebec songstress Isabelle Boulay, and the music of Johnny Cash.
But Duceppe says anyone expecting him to don a cowboy hat at the festival will be disappointed.
Answering a reporter's question on the topic in French, Duceppe said, "I think there are more important things going on in an election campaign than what kind of hat I may or may not wear."
"It has happened before, but I can tell you today I won't be wearing one," Duceppe said.
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