This change comes as the leadership race for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is in full swing.
Quebec Senator Larry Smith is stepping down from the Conservative caucus and now sits as a member of the Canadian Senators Group (CSG).
He first made the announcement on the social network Twitter.
His team then confirmed the news to CBC on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Smith is still a member of the Conservative Party, she said.
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This change comes as the leadership race for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is in full swing. And until very recently, Larry Smith supported candidate Jean Charest.
His team, however, denies the existence of a link between the leadership race and this decision, which it describes as personal.
The Quebecer was named in the Senate for the first time by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2010. Then, during the 2011 election campaign, he withdrew to try to gain access to a seat in the House of Commons. municipalities. But, after a failed attempt, Mr. Harper nominated him again as a senator in the same year.
Larry Smith and Jean Charest shake hands.
With this departure, there would be only 15 Senators left who sit for the Conservative Party of Canada.
If the 17 currently vacant positions are filled by Justin Trudeau, the number of independent senators could reach 90 out of a total of 105, CBC journalist Aaron explains on Twitter Wherry.