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Bloc Québécois to pick new leader in May

Former Bloc Québécois leader Daniel Paillé, right, is pictured after annoucing his resignation on Dec. 16, 2013. The party will choose its next leader in May, 2014.

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The Bloc Québécois will select a new leader in May.

The sovereigntist party must find a replacement for Daniel Paillé, who stepped down last month for health reasons.

The Bloc is looking to bounce back after a poor showing in the 2011 election, which left them with only four MPs in Ottawa.

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The party says it will choose its new chief at a convention from May 23 to 25 in Rimouski, Que.

Details of the leadership race will be determined at a party meeting on Feb. 22.

So far, two Bloc MPs, André Bellavance and Jean-François Fortin, have shown interest in the post.

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