Maria Mourani, who was kicked out of the Bloc Québécois caucus in September over a disagreement with the PQ's charter of values, says she is "no longer an independentist", saying the identity of all Quebecers would best be defended by Canada.
She announced the results of her three-month reflection on her political future today, in a three-page statement released Wednesday.
"I have come to the conclusion...that Canada, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, better protects the Quebec identity for all citizens of Quebec." she wrote in a letter. "I am no longer an independentist."
She also attacks the Parti Québécois for sacrificing harmony in the province for electoral gain.
For the moment, it appears Mourani will remain an inependent MP. She did not mention, or suggest, any other political party she might want to latch on to.
Mourani, who came to Canada from Lebanon, was first elected as a Bloc MP in 2006. She was only one of four Bloquistes to survive the NDP's Orange Wave in 2011, and the only one on the island of Montreal.
Mourani also was named 'Patriot of the Year' by Montreal's Société St. Jean Baptiste in 2012.