FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, March 26, 2011 HARPER AGREEMENT WITH BLOC QUEBECOIS DETAILED BY GILLES DUCEPPE While

answering questions following his election announcement today, Stephen Harper asked Canadians to “imagine a coalition of arch centralists and Quebec sovereignists,” referring to the Bloc Quebecois. Harper accused Ignatieff of a hidden agenda to pursue a coalition, though Harper has never been clear about his coalition negotiations in 2004. Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe spoke this morning as well, providing details of an August 2004 meeting with NDP Leader Jack Layton and Harper, Leader of the Official Opposition at the time. The meeting, convened by Harper, laid out composition of parliamentary committees, scheduling of opposition days in parliament, and culminated in a signed agreement to explore forming a coalition government with the Governor General. Michael Ignatieff rejected the coalition agreement of December 2008 with the NDP. The Bloc Quebecois was excluded from government in the agreement. Kris Stewart, candidate for Kelowna—Lake Country, responded: “Harper has been dishonest with Canadians about his agreement the Bloc Quebecois in 2004. His top officials from 2006 have been dishonest with management of campaign finances and will be appearing in court in June. His minister, Bev Oda, was dishonest about the doctoring of a government document in 2009. His cabinet is dishonest about the costs of his corporate tax cuts, prisons, and fighter program. It’s time for the truth. Canadians deserve at least that.” ###

Please direct your inquiries to: — Islam Mohamed, President, Kelowna—Lake Country Federal Liberal Association Spokesperson for Ms Kris Stewart president@kelownaliberals.ca 250.868.1847

Kelowna—Lake Country Federal Liberal Association

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