PĂ©ladeau Steps Down as PQ Leader

CBJ — Less than a year after being chosen as leader of the divisive Parti Quebecois separatist party, Pierre Karl PĂ©ladeau has decided he’s had enough.

PĂ©ladeau told a news conference in Montreal that he made the decision for family reasons. Languishing far down in the polls probably didn’t help either.

“I had to make a difficult choice between my family and our political project,” he said in a brief speech. “I chose my family.”

PĂ©ladeau married Julie Snyder, his longtime girlfriend and a popular Quebec television producer and host, in a wedding last August. But that relationship was even shorter than his stint as leader of the sovereign party with the couple announcing their separation in January. It’s not known if they are on the road to reconciliation or or will ultimately head for divorce court.

Péladeau will also step down as the PQ MNA for Saint-Jérôme, meaning an end to his brief foray into politics for one of the most powerful business people in the province. He met with his caucus to inform them of his decision ahead of the announcement.

Despite a series of recent setbacks and allegations of corruption against the ruling Quebec Liberals, PĂ©ladeau’s PQ had failed to gain traction in the polls and seem to have lost ground.

It’s been a rough ride for the former CEO of Quebecor over the past couple of weeks.  He just recently announced his chief of staff, Pierre Duchesne, would be relieved of his duties. A week earlier, PĂ©ladeau called on sovereignist forces, including rival QuĂ©bec Solidaire, to come together in the hopes of making Quebec a country but that too garnered feeble support.