09/13/2013 10:19 EDT | Updated 11/13/2013 05:12 EST

Maria Mourani, expelled Bloc MP, quits the party

Maria Mourani, who was kicked out of the Bloc Québécois caucus over her opposition to the Parti Québécois' proposed charter of Quebec values says she has decided to leave the party.

Mourani told reporters Friday morning she will stay in Ottawa as an Independent MP until the next federal election in 2015 to defend the rights and freedoms of all Quebecers and residents of her riding in Ahuntsic. She did not say whether she will run again.

Her expulsion from caucus leaves the Bloc Québécois with four MPs in Ottawa, including former NDP MP Claude Patry, who crossed the floor earlier this year.

Paillé, the leader, has yet to run for a seat in the House of Commons.

More to come.