The Bloc Québécois closed off 2014 with yet another departure from its top ranks.
Annie Lessard has resigned as the party’s vice-president after what an MP says was a conflict of personality with leader Mario Beaulieu.
It’s the latest in a series of setbacks for the separatist party. The Bloc won just four seats in the 2011 federal election, and is now down to two MPs. Jean-Francois Fortin resigned in August, citing the direction the party was headed under new leader Mario Beaulieu. MP Mario Mourani was expelled in September 2013 for publicly disagreeing with the Parti Quebecois’ plan to ban public servants from wearing religious symbols.
Lessard held the vice-president post for three years. She also held the title of acting president, following Daniel Paille’s resignation in December 2013.