OTTAWA — Bloc Quebecois Leader Martine Ouellet is extending a hand to seven dissident caucus members in an attempt to end a party crisis.
The 10 current Bloc MPs and their embattled leader are scheduled to meet today to resolve the impasse.
The party caucus is divided into two camps: those who support Ouellet as leader and the seven who accuse her of being intransigent and authoritarian.
It could be a crucial gathering as a source close to the party says some of those unhappy are ready to leave.
Ouellet and her advisers worked late into the evening Tuesday to prepare a proposal to be submitted to caucus today.
The current crisis, the second in the party since last June, was sparked by the resignation of Gabriel Ste-Marie as house leader over differences with Ouellet.
His abrupt departure came one week after a speech by Ouellet at a Bloc meeting that was poorly received by caucus members.
Ouellet said she'd been a victim of leaks and felt resistance to her leadership.