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Politics Bloc Quebecois to confirm candidacy of Jacques Parizeau’s nephew in Montreal riding

In the end, there won’t be a battle between two well-known sovereigntist clans for the Bloc Quebecois nomination in the Montreal riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

Members of the Duceppe and Parizeau extended families were set to duke it out for a chance to run in the riding currently held by Liberal cabinet minister Melanie Joly.

But Anne Duceppe, cousin of former Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe, didn’t submit her paperwork before the deadline Thursday.

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That means Andre Parizeau, the nephew of former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau, will be acclaimed on Aug. 17.

In an interview, Parizeau responded to critics who have criticized him for leading the Communist Party of Quebec for more than two decades, saying he’s a very moderate person and everyone he has worked with knows he’s a unifying force.

This week, Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said he was comfortable with Parizeau’s past.

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