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Get To Know Gilles Duceppe In 35 Questions

His childhood aspiration was to be a hockey player.

You've seen them on TV and in debates but what are the federal leaders like behind the scenes? HuffPost Canada put 51 questions to the heads of the five main political parties to get to know them better. Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe chose to answer a selection of them.

Gilles Duceppe, leader of the Bloc Québécois

Age: 68

Born: July 22, 1947 in Montreal

Education: University

Previous occupation: Union negotiator

Left-handed/right-handed: Right-handed, but left-handed when playing golf

Height: Six feet

Eye colour: Blue

Astrological sign: Cancer or Leo, depending on the newspaper

Haircut style and where he gets it cut: Christian Coiffure

Cats vs. dogs: Either one

Pets: No

Marital status: Married to Yolande Brunelle

Children: Amélie, 41, and Alexis, 36

How do you take your coffee? Black

Sports you play: Football

Favourite food: Buttered salmon

Favourite NHL hockey team: Montreal Canadiens

Favourite author: Ken Follett

Last book read/Book you’re currently reading: Numero Zero by Umberto Eco

Favourite music: Love music, but no particular style

Favourite movie: "Les Uns et les Autres"

Favourite TV shows: "Unité 9"

Favourite article of clothing: Jeans

You have the afternoon off, what do you do? Biking

Best piece of advice you ever received (and from whom): To follow your own convictions

What did you want to be when you grew up: Hockey player

First job: At Hydro-Quebec’s print shop in 1964

Who should play you in a movie? Patrice L’Écuyer

Books written: "Question d’identité" (2000), "Entretien avec Duceppe" (2010)

Do you watch the nightly news: Usually, yes

What newspapers/websites do you read: Le Devoir, HuffPost, La Presse, Journal de Montréal and Montreal Gazette

Last family vacation: In France with my wife and grandson Émile

Political idol: René Lévesque

Biggest political regret: To not have won the 1995 referendum

Hardest political move you had to make so far: Support the war in Afghanistan

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