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Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac (born February 6, 1972) is a former Canadian politician. She served as a Member of Parliament for the Bloc Québécois in the riding of Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot from 2007 to 2011.[1] She was the first Vietnamese Canadian ever elected to the Canadian House of Commons.[2]

Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot
In office
September 17, 2007 – May 2, 2011
Preceded byYvan Loubier
Succeeded byMarie-Claude Morin
Personal details
Born (1972-02-06) February 6, 1972 (age 47)
Political partyBloc Québécois
ResidenceSaint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
ProfessionPolitical assistant


Early lifeEdit

Born in Vietnam to a Cham family[3], Thi Lac was adopted at age two by a Quebec family and grew up on a farm near Acton Vale.


Prior to her election, she worked for her predecessor, Yvan Loubier, as an executive assistant in his constituency office.

Political careerEdit

She was elected to the House of Commons of Canada on September 17, 2007, as the Bloc Québécois candidate in the Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot by-election, defeating the Conservative candidate Bernard Barré.

She acknowledged that racism was a factor at the outset of her campaign, but stressed her local roots by joking that having grown up on a farm, she was the only candidate in the race who knew how to castrate a pig.[2] She later credited her willingness to simply talk to people as her most effective strategy:

She was re-elected in the 2008 election, but was defeated in the 2011 election by Marie-Claude Morin of the New Democratic Party.

Electoral recordEdit

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Bloc Québécois Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac 22,719 47.3% +5.2
Conservative René Vincelette 10,203 21.2% -16.0
New Democratic Brigitte Sansoucy 6,721 14.0% +6.1
Liberal Denise Tremblay 6,638 13.8% +6.4
Green Jacques Tétreault 1,771 3.7% +0.0
Total 48,052
By-election on September 17, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Bloc Québécois Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac 13,443 42.1% -13.9
Conservative Bernard Barré 11,965 37.5% +12.7
New Democratic Brigitte Sansoucy 2,538 7.9% +2.4
Liberal Jean Caumartin 2,379 7.4% -2.4
Green Jacques Tétreault 1,169 3.7% -0.2
Rhinoceros Christian Willie Vanasse 384 1.2%
Canadian Action Michel St-Onge 61 0.19%
Total 31,949


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