Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Parti Quebecois Declares Truce after Months of Internal Squabbling: PQ Declares Leadership Truce

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Parti Quebecois Declares Truce after Months of Internal Squabbling: PQ Declares Leadership Truce

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JOLIETTE, Que. - Members of the Parti Quebecois say they've put their internal squabbling behind them and are united in support of their leader.

It's been a rocky few months for the provincial opposition party, marked by more than a half-dozen defections, weak poll numbers, and concerns about the leadership of Pauline Marois.

But at a caucus retreat, PQ members declared Wednesday that the troubles were over. Some jokingly referred to Marois as the "concrete lady" -- the leader who wouldn't break.

One Pequiste said the atmosphere has calmed down, now that it's clear that former Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe isn't angling for Marois' job.

There had been whispers of a possible putsch, which Duceppe had done little to dispel, until several days ago.

The ex-Bloc leader finally put those rumours to rest over the weekend. Duceppe said he's not returning to politics and is instead focusing on clearing his name, following accusations that he used parliamentary funds in Ottawa to fund Bloc partisan activities.

Parti Quebecois member Yves-Francois Blanchet said the "storm" had passed, after Duceppe backed away.

"We had this hypothetical element hanging over us -- related to Duceppe's desire to be leader or not -- and that doesn't exist anymore," the legislature member said.

"That eases things significantly, let's be honest."

One longtime legistor lauded Marois' leadership, which had been called into question in recent days by fans of Duceppe and by former premier Bernard Landry. …

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