August 12, 2014 11:55 am

Bloc MP Fortin quits; says party no longer exists under Mario Beaulieu

Bloc Quebecois MP Jean-Francois Fortin resigned from the party on August 12, 2014.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Bloc Quebecois MP Jean-Francois Fortin is leaving the party and will sit as an Independent until the 2015 federal election.

Fortin said in a statement on Tuesday that the Bloc Quebecois he joined no longer exists.

The 40-year-old has represented Haute-Gaspesie-La Mitis-Matane-Matapedia since 2011.

Fortin said new Bloc Leader Mario Beaulieu has a one-dimensional, uncompromising approach that ends the credibility established by previous party leaders.

He said Beaulieu has radicalized the party and isn’t looking to reunite sovereigntists. Fortin said he believes his constituents would be better served if he completed his mandate outside the party.

His departure leaves the party with just three members in Ottawa.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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