Bloc Qubcois whip Pierre Brien says he's quitting the party to run for the Action Democratique du Quebec in the upcoming provincial election.
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The member of Parliament for Temiscamingue will sit as an independent in the House of Commons until the ADQ calls a nomination meeting in the provincial riding of Rouyn-Noranda-Temiscamingue.
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The departure of Brien, 32, leaves the BQ with 36 of Quebec's 75 seats in Ottawa.
It's the third time in less than a year that a Bloc MP has left the party, in each case to run provincially.