MONTREAL - Pauline Marois and Gilles Duceppe say the Parti Quebecois and Bloc Quebecois will continue to work closely together in their push for Quebec sovereignty.

Duceppe says the sovereignty movement is stronger now than it was a year ago.

The Bloc won 51 of the province's 75 seats in last year's federal election, while the PQ holds 49 of the 125 seats in the national assembly and is now the official Opposition.

The two leaders held a joint news conference in Montreal today and accused the federal government of depriving Quebec of hundreds of millions of dollars in transfer payments.

They also say Ottawa is not doing nearly enough to help the province's battered forestry and manufacturing sectors.

They were speaking after a two-day meeting of the Bloc caucus.

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