The decision was made by National Assembly speaker François Paradis, following up on a request from Québec solidaire. QS assumes the status removed from the PQ.
The Parti Québécois — which for four decades formed governments that determined the course of the province — found itself on Wednesday reduced to third opposition party status in the National Assembly following a decision by one of its MNAs to quit the party to sit as an independent.
National Assembly speaker François Paradis, following up on a request from Québec solidaire, which will now assume the status removed from the PQ, made his decision Wednesday morning.
The decision came after the announcement last week by MNA Catherine Fournier that she was quitting the party and would sit an independent after coming to the conclusion the PQ was no longer a viable political vehicle to achieve the sovereignty of Quebec. She was elected under the PQ banner in the South Shore riding of Marie-Victorin.
Since then Québec solidaire, which holds 10 seats compared with the nine left for the PQ, began efforts to see its status within the National Assembly elevated to that of second opposition party.
Until Fournier’s departure, the PQ enjoyed second opposition party status despite its tie for seats with Québec solidaire because it had garnered one percentage point more in votes.
This story will be updated.