Caron’s ‘blockthebloc.ca‘ is a cutesy teaser site in which he asks visitors for a donation to his campaign. ‘presentpourlequebec.com‘ is the product of a cybersquatter named Éric Baillargeon, who bought the domain because it’s darn close to the Bloc’s own ‘presentpourlequebec.org‘. Apparently, Baillargeon linked his site to Caron’s, meaning those hapless visitors wishing to visit the Bloc québécois site and gaze upon Mr. Duceppe’s hypnotizing blue eyes, but type the wrong internet suffix, are instead directed to Caron’s ‘Block the Bloc’ site. Cheeky!
Il a tout faux, et j'ai déjà justement fait un billet qui dénoncait cette tactique et le lendemain j'ai justement trouvé un article du Toronto Star qui avait levé le lapin et qui avait trouvé le vrai coupable, mais sans le nommé, et que j'ai justement rajouté à mon billet le 23 septembre !
The Bloc's more savvy web campaign
The Bloc Quebecois should start paying more attention to their website domain names.
Its current site, presentpourlequebec.org, named after its campaign slogan, "Here! For Quebec," is online and active. But if someone types in the, perhaps more intuitive, presentpourlequebec.com, they'll reach the site for the, get this, Marijuana Party.
If you dig a little you'll found that the site is hosted on computers based in Utah and administered by a man living in New York State. He is reportedly the same man who, during the 2006 federal election, squatted on the domain blocquebecois.com — sending those who clicked on it to the federal Liberals — while the Bloc used its preferred blocquebecois.org.
At the time the man, a Quebec native, told Quebec media that he was just having fun and had nothing against the party or Gilles Duceppe.