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Fatima Houda-Pepin says she didn't ask for PQ support

She may have the blessing of the Parti Québécois, but the former Liberal MNA turned independent candidate said she isn't taking sides and won't compromise her beliefs in this election campaign.

Parti Québécois's backing hasn't changed former Liberal's views on sovereignty or the charter

Long-serving Quebec Liberal MNA Fatima Houda-Pepin was thrown out of the party caucus in January over her stance on the values charter. (Jacques Boissinot / Canadian Press)

Fatima Houda-Pepin, who was ousted from the Liberal caucus over her stance on the charter of values earlier this year, has found support in former adversaries this election.

On Friday, the Parti Québécois announced it would not run a candidate in Houda-Pepin's La Pinière riding and would instead throw its support behind the newly independent candidate. 

But Houda-Pepin says she's not joining the PQ and she still wouldn't vote for its secular charter as it stands now. 

"What the PQ announced on March 14 is their decision," she told CBC Montreal's Daybreak.

"I never asked, neither to the PQ nor the [Coalition Avenir Québec], not to run candidates in the riding of La Pinière. I have run for six elections till now … Why did they vote for Fatima Houda-Pepin? They vote for the person rather than for the party and they let me know every time.”