01/20/2014 07:16 EST | Updated 03/22/2014 05:59 EDT

Fatima Houda-Pepin departs from Quebec Liberal caucus

Fatima Houda-Pépin has left the provincial Liberal caucus after being given an ultimatum about her pro-secularism stance by party leader Philippe Couillard.

It’s not yet clear whether she quit or was thrown out, but earlier today Couillard made it clear that Houda-Pépin would have to toe the line or get out.

The Morocco-born MNA representing the La Pinière electoral district has been outspoken about her position on the charter.

“This is the straw that broke the camel's back," wrote Houda-Pepin in a letter to The Canadian Press last November. "Gender equality is a fundamental right in an era of fundamentalism. We must protect it, defend it and not put it at risk."

Houda-Pepin will sit at the national assembly as an independent.