Senator Dagenais, already out of caucus, leaves the Conservative Party of Canada

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Senator Dagenais, already out of caucus, leaves the Conservative Party of Canada

Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais

Quebec Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais believes that Pierre Poilievre's first week at the helm of the Conservative Party of Canada reinforced his decision to leave the party.

M . Dagenais, who had been a Conservative candidate in 2011 in Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot, had already decided to leave the Conservative caucus in 2019 and sit in the Upper House within the Group of Canadian Senators. He then said he was disappointed with the performance of Andrew Scheer in Quebec during the 2019 election campaign.

More recently, Mr. Dagenais supported the candidacy of former Quebec Premier Jean Charest in the race for the leadership of the CPC. Mr. Dagenais disagreed with Mr. Poilievre's support for last winter's trucking convoy in Ottawa or with his proposal to fire the Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Mr. Poilievre's landslide victory, which won widespread support even in Quebec, convinced the senator to quit the party.

Mr. Poilievre was expected to win the race, but he still surprised some with the magnitude of his victory which many conservatives believe will provide the party with the unity it needs. lacked since the CCP lost power to the liberals in 2015.

Mr. Poilievre campaigned on the central rallying cry of freedom – a message he believes all conservatives, regardless of their specific political interests, can support.

Mr. Dagenais adds that the soundness of his decision to leave the Conservative Party was confirmed later this week by seeing the eventful first press conference that Mr. Poilievre gave in Ottawa. He compared the Conservative leader's performance to that of former US President Donald Trump.

During the event, a reporter repeatedly called out Mr Poilievre after being told the new leader would not take questions in his first media appearance since his victory. Mr. Poilievre finally agreed to answer two questions.

It reminded me of Mr. Trump, Mr. Dagenais said. He does not like the media, he prefers to give information through social networks.

The senator also finds it unacceptable that the Conservative Party texted constituency activists of MP Alain Rayes, who also quit the party following Mr Poilievre's victory on Saturday.

The Conservative Party has since apologized for sending this message which encouraged Richmond-Arthabaska activists to demand the resignation of Mr. Rayes, who now sits as an independent member of the Commons.

Mr. Rayes had also supported the candidacy of Jean Charest in the leadership race.

The departures of MM. Dagenais and Rayes came as Mr. Poilievre met with MPs this week and began to present his picks for some key party positions.

He had the backing of 62 of the other 118 Tory MPs during the race, prompting some to say their party is united.

Mr. Dagenais considers himself a progressive conservative and thinks that other party members who identify with the same movement will also leave the ranks of the political formation.

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