The Bloc has been in disarray since late February when seven of its 10 members of Parliament quit over Ouellet's leadership style
The Canadian Press
Updated: June 3, 2018
MONTREAL — Martine Ouellet has lost a confidence vote on her leadership of the Bloc Quebecois.
The party says 32 per cent voted in favour of her leadership, whereas 67 per cent voted against.
Ouellet had said she believed getting the support of 50 per cent plus one will give her the legitimacy to stay on as head of the party.
The Bloc has been in disarray since late February when seven of its 10 members of Parliament quit over Ouellet’s leadership style.
The Bloc’s youth wing and one of the three remaining MPs also withdrew their support of Ouellet, who has been criticized for being uncompromising and for focusing too sharply on Quebec independence instead of defending the province’s interests on the federal scene.
Bloc members voted in favour on a question on whether the party should focus on promoting Quebec independence on a daily basis.
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( she has decided to step down June 11 , meaning the bloc won't have a leader for the Chicoutimi by election if there even trying at all in the by election . and unclear who will possibly replace her and if 7 former bloc mp's will now return to caucus )
Martine Ouellet to step down as Bloc Quebecois leader, effective June 11
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, June 4, 2018 11:26AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 4, 2018 11:27AM EDT
MONTREAL -- Martine Ouellet is stepping down as head of the Bloc Quebecois after a resounding defeat in a weekend leadership vote.
Ouellet took potshots at several of her detractors this morning as she announced her decision to retire, effective June 11.
Bloc rank and file gave Ouellet 32 per cent support in the leadership vote.
Ouellet, 49, has been leader since March 2017.
The Bloc has been in disarray since late February when seven of its 10 MPs quit over Ouellet's leadership style.
Of the three who remained, only two still backed her heading into the vote.
Ouellet defended her decision to be a vocal promoter of Quebec independence since becoming leader.
"I did not come to the Bloc for a title but to defend a cause: that of independence and the republic of Quebec," she told the news conference.
"Rest assured, I will continue. Nothing is finished for me. But I must admit that, at the end of the day, my main conclusion is that the main obstacle to Quebec becoming a republic comes from within the sovereigntist movement.
hmm well it appears that the imminent split in the bloc has perhaps now been averted for the time being ...
ouellet has nevertheless succeeded in moving the remaining entrails of the former 'power-of-one-voice' bloc further toward the socioeconomic-left and further toward hardline-nationalism (while also still managing to alienate some of the most extreme) ...
so it remains to be seen whether the seven defectors will now return to the party or follow through with their plans to form a new party ... certainly nobody will make any definite move before monday's byelection, and they may now even wait to see who will be selected as the new leader before breaking away (or not) absolutely ...
of course it is easy to understand why anyone would get cold feet about forming a new party, given the woeful performance of numerous such past attempts ... the voters, however, do not suffer the same constraints ...
while the bloc will now almost certainly survive, by papering over the cracks after the removal of the toxic catalyst, steering back from 90-degrees left to 75-degrees left is not going to recover any disillusioned former-supporters ... so they will remain a party of radical true-believers only, staggering along indefinitely, but being permanently relegated to less than ten, if any, seats ...
any growth on the nationalist fronts can only come from those who are less hardline and less left ... which is why a new party might do better than the bloc if any of the defectors have the nerve ... but that is not extremely likely ... which is good news for the caq, and for any other parties looking to fish for voters in the centrist waters of moderate nationalism ...
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