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Ex-Quebec premier Bernard Landry gives support to Bloc leader

According to seven Bloc Quebecois MPs, leader Martine Ouellet must regain confidence of her caucus, Thursday, June 8, 2017.
According to seven Bloc Quebecois MPs, leader Martine Ouellet must regain confidence of her caucus, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

Former Quebec premier Bernard Landry is giving his support to Martine Ouellet as she fights to keep her Bloc Québécois leadership.

READ MORE: Bloc Quebecois leader Martine Ouellet refusing to step down

The ex-Parti Québécois (PQ) leader tells The Canadian Press that Ouellet has shown her strength throughout the recent turbulence within the Bloc.

READ MORE: More than 20 ex-Bloc Québécois MPs call on Martine Ouellet to quit in open letter

Ouellet has been on the defensive ever since seven of the Bloc’s 10 MPs quit in late February because of disagreements over her leadership style and political objectives.

WATCH BELOW: There was intense speculation about Bloc Québécois leader Martin Ouellet potentially resigning.

Bloc Quebecois leader Martine Ouellet won’t quit after caucus turmoil
Bloc Quebecois leader Martine Ouellet won’t quit after caucus turmoil

She has agreed to a confidence vote by the Bloc’s 20,000 members, but has stated she will remain as leader as long as she receives support of 50 per cent plus one.

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READ MORE: Ouellet’s leadership style causes 7 Bloc Quebecois MPs to quit party

Landry quit as PQ leader in 2005 after receiving only 76 per cent support from party members.

READ MORE: Embattled Bloc Québécois leader to face confidence vote in early June

He says his decision to quit with 76 per cent cannot be compared to Ouellet’s desire to remain with slightly more than 50 per cent because the two cases are different.

WATCH BELOW:

The Bloc Québécois is losing seven of its sitting MPs, who will sit as independents because they disagree with party leader Martine Ouellet. 

Ouellet’s leadership style causes 7 Bloc Quebecois MPs to quit party
Ouellet’s leadership style causes 7 Bloc Quebecois MPs to quit party