PQ MNAs quit in protest

Marois's leadership, Quebec City arena deal at centre of party split

Three members of the Parti Québécois resigned on Monday, saying they could no longer work under Leader Pauline Marois’ “autocratic” leadership style. Pierre Curzi, Louise Beaudoin and Lisette Lapointe, all prominent members of the party, said they would be sitting as independents. Their resignations were prompted after PQ MNA Agnès Maltais tabled a private-members bill that would make legitimize a deal made between Quebec City and Quebecor Media Inc. that would protect the city’s arena project from legal challenge. “My level of personal ethical tolerance has been reached,” said Curzi. Marois was reinstated as party leader at the PQ convention in April with a 93 per cent confidence vote, will address the departures on Monday afternoon.

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