Referendum on Martine Ouellet's Bloc Québécois leadership set for June 1-2

Bloc members are set to vote on whether or not Martine Ouellet should be ousted as leader and if the party should continue to push for Quebec's independence.

7 Bloc MPs left the caucus last month over Ouellet's leadership

Bloc Québécois leader Martine Ouelette's leadership style and party vision were cited as the reasons for seven former Bloc MPs to leave the party's caucus last month. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Bloc Québécois members will vote on Martine Ouellet's leadership in early June as well as what the party's vision should be.

The Bloc is hoping the votes will end a crisis within the party that accelerated late last month when seven of its 10 MPs resigned from caucus over Ouellet's style and political strategy.

The first question members will be presented asks: "Do you agree to renew your confidence in Martine Ouellet, leader of the Bloc Québécois?" 

While the 13-word leadership question is straightforward, the one on the future role of the Bloc weighs in at about 60 words, and is more complex.

"Should the Bloc Québécois be, in its daily actions, and not only in theory, the promoter of the independence option by using every forum and every opportunity to demonstrate the need for Quebec independence to its supporters, citizens, the media and in Ottawa's parliament from now until independence, as indicated in article 1 of the Bloc Québécois's platform?"

Both questions have been translated from French.

At its core is whether the Bloc should focus on promoting Quebec independence at every possible opportunity, as per Article 1 of the party's platform.

The MPs who stepped down accused Ouellet of constantly zeroing in on independence instead of defending Quebec's interests on the federal scene.

Voting will take place by telephone or internet on June 1 and 2, with the 20,000-odd members finding out the results June 3.

The rule of 50 per cent plus one will govern both votes.

With files from CBC