Author of Maclean's Quebec 'malaise' piece resigns from McGill institute

The author of a controversial article about Quebec that appeared in Maclean's magazine has stepped down from his post at McGill University.

Andrew Potter says in a social media posting his resignation as director of the Institute for the Study of Canada is effective immediately.

Potter described Quebec in this week's article as a "pathologically alienated and low-trust society'' with a glaring absence of solidarity.

It stated the events surrounding the recent massive snowstorm that saw 300 cars stranded overnight on a major Montreal highway revealed a malaise that is eating away at the foundations of Quebec society.

It prompted a backlash on social media and from Quebec politicians of all stripes, including Premier Philippe Couillard.

Potter says he regrets many things about the magazine piece and says the credibility of the institute will be best served by his resignation.