A party founded by Bouchard in 1990 to represent the Quebec separatist movement in the federal parliament. Supported by the Parti Québécois (PQ), it gained 54 seats in the 1993 elections. Owing to the dismal electoral performance of the Conservative Party, it became the official opposition, which gave it an extra platform to campaign for the independence of Quebec. Together with the PQ, it presented the issue of sovereignty in a referendum in the province in 1995, which it narrowly lost. It lost its status as the official opposition in 1997, when it gained 44 seats. Led by Gilles Duceppe from 1997, the BQ's representation stabilized at over 50 seats in subsequent federal elections. From 2006, it lent its support to Harper's minority government on a number of issues. Even though the Conservatives had a very different electoral base, the BQ shared common ground on the issue of more provincial rights against the federal government.http://www.blocquebecois.orgThe official website of the Bloc Québécois.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — History of the Americas.