Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Martine Ouellet Wants a Referendum to Determine Main Role of Bloc Quebecois

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Martine Ouellet Wants a Referendum to Determine Main Role of Bloc Quebecois

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Ouellet wants referendum on Bloc role

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MONTREAL - Bloc Quebecois Leader Martine Ouellet and her allies proposed Thursday that members vote in a referendum to determine the party's main role.

Disagreements over the party's raison d'etre are the real reason behind the crisis that is currently rocking the party, she said.

Seven of its 10 MPs resigned from the Bloc caucus last week to protest Ouellet's leadership style and what they say is her heavy-handed approach to Quebec independence.

Ouellet was accompanied at a news conference in Montreal by the three remaining Bloc MPs as well as the party's vice-president.

She said the referendum will "settle once and for all" what role the party should play in representing its members.

Ouellet, meanwhile, rejected numerous calls for her to bring forward a vote on her leadership. …

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