Leader of Bloc Quebecois to address party after losing confidence vote

Bloc Quebecois Leader Martine Ouellet is expected to make an official statement today, after party members resoundingly rejected her leadership.

The party announced yesterday that 32 per cent of members voted in favour of Ouellet staying on in the role, while 67 per cent voted against.

Ouellet had previously said that garnering 50 per cent plus one vote would have given her the legitimacy needed to continue leading the party.

The Bloc has been in disarray since late February, when seven of its 10 members of Parliament quit over Ouellet's leadership style.

Of the three who remained, only two still backed her heading into the weekend's vote.

While members rejected Ouellet's leadership, they appeared to support her vision of a party focused on independence above all else.