Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bloc Quebecois Leader Apologizes to MP over Her Ex-Chief of Staff's Conduct

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bloc Quebecois Leader Apologizes to MP over Her Ex-Chief of Staff's Conduct

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Bloc Quebecois leader apologizes to MP

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OTTAWA - The 10 Bloc Quebecois MPs emerged from crisis talks with their leader to show a united front Thursday -- a day after seven of them warned her she had to regain their confidence.

"Today is a day that has made us stronger in our will to work together and to help advance the Bloc Quebecois and Quebec independence," said Martine Ouellet.

Ouellet, who was only elected leader last March, apologized in public to Bloc MP Rheal Fortin for the conduct of her chief of staff, Louis-Philippe Dubois.

Dubois was fired Wednesday after a media report he allegedly tried to sully Fortin's reputation by leaking information about him and the law firm where he used to work.

"I acted extremely rapidly but if this (affair) has caused any harm, I apologize to Rheal and I have total confidence in him," Ouellet told a news conference after her lengthy meeting with the caucus. …

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