08/04/2015 08:05 EDT | Updated 08/04/2016 05:59 EDT

Federal Election 2015: 8 Members Of Liberal Riding Association Resign To Join NDP

GASPE, Que. — Eight of 10 members of a Liberal riding association in eastern Quebec have resigned to join the NDP.

The members of the Gaspesie-Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine executive say they no longer believe in Liberal values since Diane Lebouthillier's nomination victory.

Several of them challenged Lebouthillier's candidacy and said the party unfairly sidelined a competing candidate.

The two remaining members say they are confident they'll be able to fill the vacancies shortly.

Philip Toone, the riding's NDP candidate, says he is ready to work for citizens in the area alongside his new, former Liberal supporters.

Toone took the riding from the Bloc Quebecois in 2011 with 34 per cent of the vote, two points higher than the Bloc candidate.

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