August 25, 2014 12:21 pm
Updated: August 25, 2014 12:25 pm

Bloc Quebecois loses another MP as Andre Bellavance quits

Bloc Quebecois MP Andre Bellavance weighed in on the soccer turban ban controversy in Quebec during question period on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Pictured here on October 21, 2011.

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VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – The Bloc Quebecois has lost another member as Andre Bellavance announced that he’s quitting the party to sit as an independent and won’t run again in 2015.

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Bellavance made the announcement today and says the decision to leave comes after recently meeting with party leader Mario Beaulieu.

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The federal party has been in disarray since Beaulieu took over the leadership and has employed what has been described as a divisive and hardline approach.

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Bellavance says he no longer felt at home in the sovereigntist party anymore and says he could not work with Beaulieu going forward.

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The Bloc veteran’s departure leaves only the party with only two sitting MPs in Ottawa.

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Bellavance has represented Richmond-Arthabaska since 2004 and will serve out his mandate, but won’t seek re-election.

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