In this account first published in 1995, Parliamentary correspondent Manon Cornellier looks at the meteoric rise of the Bloc Québécois and its charismatic leader Lucien Bouchard.
In only five short years, the Bloc grew from a tiny group of independent MPs to the official opposition in the House of Commons. Yet English-speaking Canadians continue to know little about the party's history, its ideas, how its politics differ from those of the Parti Québécois, or what role the party hopes to play in a sovereign Quebec. This book aims to fill that gap.
The Bloc is a concise and informative examination of one of the most remarkable developments in Canadian federal politics in the 1990s.
"The Bloc is an excellent first attempt to come to grips with the rise of Lucien Bouchard and the Bloc."
"The Bloc by Manon Corneiller, offers more than you ever wanted to know about the cabal of federal MPs who are out to destroy Canada as we know it."
"...an instructive primer on the birth and development of a federal independence party."
"... a well-written and well-translated narrative of the party's growth."
"...offer[s some interesting and useful insights, notably for English-Canadians at this harum-scarum juncture of this country's history."