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Ouellet Facing More Opposition as Bloc Members Prepare to Vote on Her Leadership

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ouellet Facing More Opposition as Bloc Members Prepare to Vote on Her Leadership

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Bloc Leader Ouellet facing more opposition

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MONTREAL - Martine Ouellet is facing more stiff opposition as Bloc Quebecois members get ready to vote on her leadership.

Some of those who want Ouellet to quit sent an email to party members Thursday asking them to not support her in the vote, which takes place Friday and Saturday.

They say her departure is crucial if the Bloc is to emerge from its ongoing crisis.

The party has been in disarray since late February when seven of its 10 MPs quit over Ouellet's leadership style.

Of the three who are left, only two still back her.

Ouellet has been described by some as controlling and uncompromising and many of her detractors accuse her of focusing too sharply on Quebec independence instead of defending the province's interests on the federal scene.

In mid-May, the Bloc's youth wing also withdrew its support of Ouellet, who is also sitting as an Independent member in the Quebec legislature after stepping away from the Parti Quebecois caucus. …

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