Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois says she can count on the loyalty of those who remain in her caucus after asking each of her MNAs to pledge allegiance to her and the party. “I asked [the remaining caucus members] if they adhered to the party program, if they would stay in the PQ and that they would be by my side,” she said. “They all said yes.” The PQ has been beset with defections over the past month, with five MNAs departing to sit as independents. A sixth was expelled over corruption allegations. The hemorrhaging, along with a rash of public criticism of Marois by former sovereigntist leaders like Jacques Parizeau and Gilles Duceppe, has raised questions about the future of both Marois and the party.