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Au revoir Bloc Québécois! Les députés cherchent à nommer un nouveau parti au Québec après la révolte du caucus

May 9th, 2018 | by Richard Paul
Au revoir Bloc Québécois! Les députés cherchent à nommer un nouveau parti au Québec après la révolte du caucus
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Au revoir Bloc Quebecois! MPs look to name new party Quebec Debout after caucus revolt


Newly acclaimed Bloc Quebecois leader Martine Ouellet salutes supporters during a rally Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Montreal.Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — The seven MPs who left the Bloc Quebecois earlier this year over differences with Martine Ouellet’s leadership have the name they want for their new party: Quebec Debout.

They say their goal is to return to the Bloc’s original mission, which was to defend Quebec’s interests in Ottawa and to let provincial sovereigntist parties in Quebec handle the independence issue.

MP Rheal Fortin says he hopes to have the name registered with Elections Canada in a week.

images (70) speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons, in Ottawa on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS

The word “debout” is loosely translated as “standing up” and is often used by sovereigntist politicians to convey the message of defending Quebec’s interests.

The seven MPs quit the Bloc caucus in late February and cut all ties to the party earlier this month just two days after Ouellet accused them of spreading “fake news.”

They have repeatedly accused Ouellet of constantly zeroing in on independence instead of defending Quebec’s interests on the federal scene.

Ouellet, meanwhile, has refused to resign despite criticism of her leadership style, which has been described as controlling and uncompromising.

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