Bloc leader Duceppe prepared to support coalition with party that has best offer

WATCH: Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe talks about his return to federal politics to lead the party into the 2015 election.

Gilles Duceppe doesn’t care who, he cares what. If, after this fall’s federal election, he can help either the Conservatives or the Liberals and NDP form a coalition government, he’ll choose whoever offers the best deal for Quebec, he said.

“That’s my only concern, what’s the best deal for Quebec,” Duceppe said in an interview on The West Block with Tom Clark.

“It’s a question of what are you getting and what are you asking and what did you say during the last campaign?”

His move back to leading the Bloc took almost everyone, including Duceppe, by surprise.

Fewer than two weeks ago, the thought of returning to federal politics was nowhere near Duceppe’s radar.

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That all changed when then-Bloc Quebecois leader Mario Beaulieau asked him to come back.

“I was surprised when [Beaulieu] said, well we’re well organized. We have associations in each riding. We’ve got more than 20,000 members which is not bad and we’ve got no debt, money in bank, but we need someone better known than me,” Duceppe recalled of a lunch meeting.

Duceppe was evasive, but hinted that Bloc leadership had internal polling showing the party would do better with him at the helm.

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“I never comment on polls, but I will tell you also, don’t believe a political party if they tell you they don’t make polls,” he said in an interview on The West Block with Tom Clark.

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What effect the former-slash-current Bloc leader has on voting in Quebec – where the NDP is polling strongest – is difficult to determine right now, said Youri Rivest, vice president of Quebec-based polling company CROP.

“Duceppe is very popular. His awareness is very high,” Rivest said. “Even people who don’t vote for him respect him.”

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That respect among Quebecers, and focus on the province, is likely part of what Duceppe will rely on as election day draws near and he aims to separate his party from the NDP.

If Quebecers vote for who might form government, they could be stuck with the status quo, Duceppe said.

“Last time the result was that [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper was in a majority for the first time,” Duceppe said of the 2011 election results that saw the Bloc decimated and the NDP balloon to official Opposition status.

Since then, he said, Quebec’s interests have been far from the floor of the House of Commons, he said.

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“We negotiated a lot of times,” Duceppe said of his time leading the Bloc in the Commons. “We obtained things under [Liberal prime minister] Jean Chrétien majority government and … I supported too Harper’s budgets because they were good for Quebec.”

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