Despite pressure to make a bid for the leadership of the Parti Québécois, Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe said Monday that he will remain in Ottawa.I think the Liberals have no chance in Quebec now, but that's no one's fault but their own. Add to that, you have a strong, separatist leader who has the ability to remember the Liberal past. I don't think any 7, 10, or 12 month plan will help them recover.
The key to defeating the BQ (and the PQ) is to link a vote for them to a vote for sovereignty. If that happened, I think they'd be hard pressed to be elected in the high numbers they are now. Right now, Quebec sees the Bloc/Parti Quebecois as the only alternative to the Liberals. The Liberals will argue that a vote for the BQ/PQ is a vote for separation, but it just doesn't wash. The people that vote for the Bloc/Parti can easily vote no to any referendum.