Deserting MP had 'hidden agenda' to 'torpedo' Bloc: Beaulieu

Bloc Quebecois leader Mario Beaulieu tried put the best spin on the loss of one-quarter of his caucus Tuesday.

Jean-Francois Fortin quit the party and will serve out his term as an independent, saying Beaulieu is too radical and intransigent, and that the party he joined "no longer exists".

At a news conference this afternoon, Beaulieu accuses Fortin of being disloyal to the separatist cause, saying Fortin has his own agenda, and is looking to 'torpedo' the Bloc.

"It seems...that Mr. Fortin has a hidden agenda," Beaulieu told reporters. "We intercepted an email last month where Fortin spoke of forming a new federal party."

Beaulieu, a hardline separatist and French-language crusader and former head of Montreal's St. Jean Baptiste Society, narrowly won the Bloc Quebecois' leadership earlier this year over André Bellavance, one of the three remaining Bloc MPs.

Beaulieu, who does not have a seat in the House of Commons, insists his approach will revive separatism and bring the Bloc back to the prominence it once enjoyed.

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  1. John posted on 08/12/2014 03:54 PM
    So Beaulieu states that "We intercepted an email last month where Fortin spoke of forming a new federal party", so I guess that his Bloc Quebecois thinks it's okay to spy on its members and invade their privacy.
  2. JohnH- posted on 08/12/2014 04:03 PM
    This is great news. The Block can now hold their caucus meetings in a phone booth. Hopefully the the Block will go the way of the phone booth.
  3. More BS posted on 08/12/2014 05:35 PM
    It was predicted last week that the party would lose members under the leadership of this imbecile and now he pretends to have known by reading his fellow member's e-mails. The best part of all this is to watch this parasite squirm and eventually fade away.
  4. Richard posted on 08/12/2014 07:50 PM
    I don't say this to defend the block-heads but this should not be allowed. The people who voted for Fortain voted for the BQ not an independent. He should resign and a by-election should be held
  5. Joe posted on 08/12/2014 09:29 PM
    This backwards thinking racist moron just does dot understand that nobody wants what he is shoveling including the members of his own pure laine.
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