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Tories boot maverick MP from Caucus (Ottawa Citizen)

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Ms. Cools, who is a member of the Ontario Conservative caucus, was not told in advance of yesterday's vote, and said in an interview that the "shameful" decision took her by surprise.

She was not in attendance at the meeting yesterday, but had she been, she would have spoken "rigorously and strenuously" against the decision, she said.

"If nothing else, I am making sure nobody can say that this was a unanimous decision," she said.

In her own case, Ms. Cools revealed she was informed by telephone on Sept. 12 that she was no longer to represent the party in three committees examining legislation and policy issues in Parliament's upper chamber.