MONTREAL — The foundering Bloc Quebecois is down to just two MPs after 10-year veteran Andre Bellevance said Monday that he's quitting to sit as an independent.
Bellevance is the latest MP to leave the Bloc over dissatisfaction with new leader Mario Beaulieu.
Bellevance lost the leadership vote to Beaulieu earlier this year, and says the new leader is too focused on separation from Canada.
"We didn't have the same vision at all of what the mission of the Bloc Quebecois should be," Bellevance told a news conference in Victoriaville, Que.
Bloc MPs Jean-Francois Fortin quit earlier this month and Claude Patry says he'll stay with the Bloc for now but won't seek re-election.
As of Monday, Louis Plamondon is the only remaining Bloc MP who has not said he'll quit.
The new leader has alienated some Bloc supporters because of fiery pro-separatist rhetoric at a time when support for sovereignty in Quebec is low."