Timeline of Bloc Quebecois events since it was founded

Former Bloc Quebecois MP Louis Plamondon speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons, in Ottawa on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Seven of the 10 Bloc Quebecois MPs quit the party Wednesday because of seemingly irreconciliable differences with Leader Martine Ouellet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

MONTREAL - Seven of the 10 Bloc Quebecois MPs quit the party Wednesday because of seemingly irreconciliable differences with Leader Martine Ouellet. Here is a timeline of events that have marked the party over the years:

June 1991: Founded by Conservatives and Liberals around the time of the demise of the Meech Lake constitutional accord, which would have recognized Quebec as a distinct society.

October 1993: Wins 49.3 per cent of vote in Quebec as well as 54 of province's 75 seats to become official Opposition under Lucien Bouchard.

January 1996: Bouchard leaves to lead Parti Quebecois and is succeeded by Gilles Duceppe on interim basis.

February 1996: Michel Gauthier becomes leader.

March 1997: Duceppe becomes permanent leader.

June 1997: Duceppe leads Bloc to 44 seats and 37.9 per cent of vote as it finishes third overall in terms of ridings won across Canada.

November 2000: Bloc earns 39.9 per cent support but seat total drops to 38.

June 2004: Party puts in another strong electoral performance with 48.9 per cent support and 54 seats.

January 2006: Share of vote slips to 42.1 per cent but party still wins 51 ridings.

October 2008: Vote percentage slips to 38.1, although Bloc is successful in 49 ridings.

May 2011: Bloc tumbles to 23.4 per cent and a paltry four seats, prompting Duceppe to step down.

December 2011: Daniel Paille named leader.

June 2014: Mario Beaulieu gets the top job.

June 2015: Duceppe returns to the helm.

October 2015: Party wins 19.4 per cent of vote and bounces up to 10 seats.

October 2015: Duceppe stands down and is replaced on interim basis by Rheal Fortin.

March 2017: Ouellet named leader even though she does not have Commons seat. Goes on to quit as PQ member of the legislature but continues to sit as Independent.

February 2018: Seven of 10 Bloc MPs storm out of party because they can't handle Ouellet's leadership style.


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