He couldn't miss the song, even if he didn't see the protesters. And their anti-Harper message was clear.
"Bye-Bye Mon Cowboy."
The old Mitsou song blared over loudspeakers as Conservative leader Stephen Harper arrived for a lunchtime rally in the Montreal suburban riding Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
It was a small crowd inside - about 150 - and a much smaller crowd protesting outside.
Police officers almost matched them in number.
About 25 federal public servants, members of PSAC, came to protest Harper's failure to adopt anti-strikebreaker bills proposed by the Bloc Quebecois. They also want French made the official language in federal workplaces in Quebec, which Harper's government opposed.
In this riding, where Sen. Michael Fortier hopes to get elected to a Commons seat, and in five others where Conservatives are in tight races with the Bloc Quebecois, PSAC organizer Renaud Plante says members will work to defeat Harper.
Personally, he said, that means the BQ should get the votes.
"But we're running an "Anyone But Conservative" campaign, he said.