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Duceppe won’t predict how many seats he can win in fall election

Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe speaks to supporters during a federal election campaign stop in Montreal, Friday, August 7, 2015. Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe says he will serve his full term if he is elected this fall, no matter how his party fares at the ballot box.

After meeting party organizers in Montreal this morning he refused to predict how many seats he can win, saying only he wants “the most and the best.”

The Bloc has named 73 candidates so far and has promised to run in all of Quebec’s 78 ridings.

Duceppe will run in the Montreal riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie. He represented the riding for 15 years before being defeated by an NDP candidate in 2011.

He continued to blast his adversaries on the question of sovereignty, which was discussed for several minutes during Thursday’s leaders debate.

Duceppe was not at the debate, and says the other leaders should not discuss the rules surrounding sovereignty without the presence of Quebecers at the table.

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