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Joël Arseneau is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2018 provincial election.[1] He represents the electoral district of Îles-de-la-Madeleine as a member of the Parti Québécois.

Joël Arseneau

Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Assumed office
October 1, 2018
Preceded byGermain Chevarie
Personal details
Political partyParti Québecois

Arseneau previously served as mayor of Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine from 2005 to 2013.[2] He was removed from office on fraud charges resulting from delayed expense claim payments.[3] Although he was acquitted of the charges on the grounds that the issue was a personal accounting error rather than a deliberate attempt to defraud the municipality, he was barred in 2015 from running for municipal office for five years,[4] leading to some controversy when his selection as a Parti Québécois candidate for the provincial legislature was announced.[5]

Electoral recordEdit

2018 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parti Québécois Joël Arseneau 2,956 38.69 -1.48
Liberal Maryse Lapierre 2,935 38.41 -11.66
Québec solidaire Robert Boudreau-Welsh 1,036 13.56 +7.52
Coalition Avenir Québec Yves Renaud 714 9.34 +6.17
Total valid votes 7,641 98.05
Total rejected ballots 152 1.95
Turnout 7,793 72.63 -4.38
Electors on the lists 10,729


  1. ^ "Quebec 2018 election: Final results and winners by riding". CTV Montreal, October 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Magdalen mayor says land erosion threatens island links". Edmonton Journal, December 2, 2007.
  3. ^ "Le maire des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, comparaît en cour lundi: Le maire des Îles-de-la-Madeleine en cour". Canadian Press, March 5, 2012.
  4. ^ "Joël Arseneau devra patienter". Ici Radio-Canada, January 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Quebec election: Man barred from municipal posts fit to be MNA, PQ says". Montreal Gazette, September 19, 2018.