Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Au Revoir, Bloc?

Bloc has 2 members left as another MP quits
"The foundering Bloc Quebecois is down to just two MPs after 10-year veteran Andre Bellevance said Monday that he's quitting to sit as an independent."
Bloc Quebecois loses another MP as Andre Bellavance quits party
"Veteran Bloc Quebecois MP Andre Bellavance announced Monday that he too is quitting the embattled sovereigntist party because he can’t work with its new leader.

Bellavance said he will serve the rest of his mandate as an Independent and won’t seek re-election in 2015."
Bloc MP Andre Bellavance, former leadership candidate, quits party
"Bellavance said his decision to leave the party came after a recent meeting with Bloc Leader Mario Beaulieu, the man who beat Bellavance for the party leadership in June.

The Bloc has been in complete disarray since Beaulieu’s arrival over his approach to running the party. Beaulieu has pushed sovereignty as the main electoral theme even as polls suggest the appetite for it is waning."
André Bellavance quits the Bloc to sit as an Independent
"He blamed Beaulieu for not being able to quell the crisis brewing inside the party and a "witch-hunt" that has seen "pro-Bellavance" supporters harassed online for not being sovereigntist enough.

"Beaulieu calls himself a unifier, but for me, that is not the case," Bellavance said."
MP André Bellavance leaves Bloc Québécois: Will spend the rest of his term as an independent
"The spectacular departure of Richmond-Arthabaska MP André Bellavance from the Bloc Québécois Monday means a party already reduced to a rump in the last election is even weaker, its future more in doubt then ever."
Bloc Quebecois loses another MP: Andre Bellavance quits party; won’t run in 2015
"Bellavance has represented Richmond-Arthabaska since 2004 but the 10-year veteran said that he no longer felt at home in the sovereigntist party under Beaulieu.

He said he simply could not work with Beaulieu going forward.

“I no longer felt comfortable with this team,” Bellavance said. “I don’t feel that we are going in the right direction.”

Bellavance also denounced a “purity test for independence” that has taken place within the party to determine members’ commitment to sovereignty, saying that it had made him feel like an outsider.

“It made me feel like an impostor and an intruder within the Bloc,” Bellavance said.

He noted an “unhealthy atmosphere” within the party and described two very different political outfits: the Bloc Quebecois that existed “before June 14″ and the one “after June 14″ with Beaulieu at the helm."
This is angry Tom's fault.



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