December 3, 2015 10:58 am
Updated: December 3, 2015 12:07 pm

Senator Jacques Demers resigns from Conservative caucus, becomes independent Senator

WATCH: Demers leaves Conservatives, says he had to 'vote for the team'


Senator Jacques Demers has resigned from the Conservative caucus, he announced in a news release Thursday morning.

The brief release states that he is resigning as a member of the Conservative National Caucus and the Conservative Senate Caucus, but intends to keep his seat as an Independent Senator for Quebec.

Demers was appointed to the Senate by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper to represent the region of Rigaud in 2009. He’s probably better known for his previous career as a hockey coach for various NHL teams, notably leading the Montreal Canadiens to a Stanley Cup victory in 1993.

WATCH: Demers says he refused to make phone calls to get Tory votes

He wrote a biography in 2005, revealing his struggle with functional illiteracy. He has since spent time working with charitable groups that fight illiteracy.

Demers is not the only senator to resign from the Conservatives in the last few weeks. New Brunswick Senator John Wallace also quit on Nov. 18, citing “irreconcilable differences” with the party, and has remained on as an independent.

WATCH: Demers claims he was ‘pushed away’ by Tories but plenty of good people left

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