Edmonton Journal - - POLITICS -

The youth wing of the Bloc Québé­cois has be­come the lat­est group to with­draw its sup­port for em­bat­tled leader Mar­tine Ouellet, declar­ing Wed­nes­day she’s not the one to bring the crum­bling sovereign­tist party to­gether again. Mem­bers of the youth wing’s ex­ec­u­tive said in a state­ment they don’t be­lieve Ouellet has the necessary qual­i­ties to end the cri­sis within the party. The youth wing pub­licly sup­ported Ouellet when she be­came leader last year and even after seven MPs quit the party in late Fe­bru­ary over her lead­er­ship style. But youth delegates have since soured on Ouellet, whose lead­er­ship ap­proach has been de­scribed as con­trol­ling and un­com­pro­mis­ing. “It’s not an easy thing to do,” youth wing pres­i­dent Camille Goyette-Gin­gras said in the state­ment. “We’ve al­ways been by her side, but we do not think she’s part of the so­lu­tion any­more.” After battling with Ouellet over her ap­proach of con­stantly ze­ro­ing in on in­de­pen­dence in­stead of de­fend­ing Que­bec’s in­ter­ests on the fed­eral scene, the seven MPs re­cently an­nounced plans to start their own party.

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