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Québec solidaire members debate merger with Option nationale

According to QS co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois the agreement is "good for the left and for the independence movement".

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Published on: December 2, 2017 | Last Updated: December 2, 2017 9:42 AM EST

Quebec Solidaire MNA Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois enters the National Assembly, escorted by Quebec Solidaire MNA Manon Masse, left, and Amir Khadir, right, on Tuesday. Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS

The debate over a mooted political merger with Option nationale promises to be heated at Québec solidaire’s convention in Longueuil on Saturday.

The debate is being held behind closed doors.

The co-spokesperson for Quebec Solidaire, Manon Massé, acknowledged that the discussions could get heated, but that the party is “ready” for that.

The proposed merger with Option nationale, whose leader is Sol Zanetti, was negotiated in October by QS co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and other party members.

According to him, the agreement is “good for the left and for the independence movement”.

Some QS members tried to change the rules so that the proposed merger would need to be adopted by at least two-thirds of the delegates, but in the end, a simple majority will be enough.

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