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Tue Sep 13, 2022, 03:07 PM

Quebec MP Alain Rayes leaves Conservatives to sit as Independent after Poilievre win

Quebec MP Alain Rayes leaves Conservatives to sit as Independent after Poilievre win

Rayes had supported Jean Charest in the Conservative leadership race

CBC News · Posted: Sep 13, 2022 2:13 PM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-mp-alain-rayes-leaves-conservatives-1.6581360

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Quebec MP Alain Rayes is leaving the federal Conservative Party, citing its new leader Pierre Poilievre as the reason for his departure.

Rayes will continue to represent his riding of Richmond–Arthabaska in the Eastern Townships as an Independent.

Rayes had supported Jean Charest as a candidate for the Conservative leadership, but Poilievre was elected by the party Saturday, gathering a sweeping majority with 68 per cent of votes on the first ballot. 

Rayes made the announcement in a YouTube video in French posted to his Twitter account, saying he didn't want to compromise on his values and convictions. 

He cited concerns about law and order, environmental issues, as well as the importance of respect between elected officials. 

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