Thumbs up (but no comment) from Youpi
After endorsements from the Canadian Auto Workers, the Quebec Federation of Labour, and even Margaret Atwood, Gilles Duceppe got a handshake and a thumbs-up from one of the most recognizable figures in the Montreal sports world.
Youpi, the taciturn furry orange turncoat mascot who for decades donned an Expos jersey, and now a Habs sweater, swaggered up to the Bloc leader as both worked the crowd at the starting line of the city's Run For The Cure race to fight breast cancer.
Duceppe appeared delighted to see Youpi, and tried encouraging his five-year-old grandson, Émile, to give the dancing — uh, bear? — a high-five. He seemed uncertain.
After the encounter, Youpi was not available for comment. So it is impossible to confirm whether this was a full endorsement for Duceppe and the Bloc platform, or simply a friendly, haphazard meeting.
— Tim Duboyce
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