May 7, 2014 3:29 pm

Beaulieu gets enough signatures to join Bloc leadership race

Mario Beaulieu, President of the Societe Saint-Jean-Bapiste, is pictured in Beauharnois, Que. on Feb. 2, 2009.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Mario Beaulieu says he has collected enough signatures to join the Bloc Quebecois leadership race.

The outgoing head of the nationalist Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste says about 2,000 people have endorsed his candidacy – double the required number.

The Bloc is expected to rubber-stamp his bid later this week.

Bloc MP Andre Bellavance is the only other candidate so far in the race to succeed Daniel Paille, who resigned last December for health reasons.

The new leader will be chosen by June 14.

Beaulieu told a news conference in Montreal today he believes he will be able to steal support away from Bellavance.

The Bloc’s three other MPs – Claude Patry, Jean-Francois Fortin and Louis Plamondon – have all come out in support of Bellavance.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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