Leader of Canada's separatist Bloc resigns

Tue May 3, 2011 12:10am EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The leader of Canada's separatist Bloc Quebecois said on Monday he was resigning in the wake of a crushing election defeat.

Gilles Duceppe -- who lost his own seat -- made the announcement in a speech to supporters. The Bloc, which wants independence for the province of Quebec, fell to just two seats in the federal House of Commons from 47.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Eric Walsh)

<p>Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe walks in the May Day parade during a campaign stop in Montreal, May 1, 2011. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi</p>