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Réal Ménard (born May 13, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian politician, who was a Bloc Québécois member of the House of Commons of Canada from 1993 to 2009. He was the second Canadian Member of Parliament to come out as gay (the first being Svend Robinson).[1]

Réal Ménard
Member of Parliament
for Hochelaga—Maisonneuve
In office
1993–2004
Preceded byAllan Koury
Succeeded byriding dissolved
Member of Parliament
for Hochelaga
In office
2004–2009
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byDaniel Paillé
Borough Mayor of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Montreal City Councillor
In office
January 1, 2010 – November 16, 2017
Preceded byLyn Thériault
Succeeded byPierre Lessard-Blais
Personal details
Born (1962-05-13) May 13, 1962 (age 57)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyBloc Québécois
Coalition Montréal
Vision Montréal (formerly)
ResidenceMontreal
ProfessionPolitical scientist

Ménard is a political scientist with B.A. and M.A. degrees and also holds his law degree from the University of Ottawa.

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Federal politicsEdit

He first stood for federal office in the 1984 federal election as candidate for the small Parti nationaliste du Québec in Hochelaga–Maisonneuve. Defeated in this first try, he contested the riding in the 1993 election for the new and larger Bloc Québécois. He was elected, and re-elected in the riding in the 1997 and 2000 elections. Following redistricting, he was re-elected in the new riding of Hochelaga in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 federal elections.

Early in his parliamentary career, he served variously as Bloc critic for Health, for science, research and development, for Labour, for National Defence, and for the Federal Office of Regional Development-Quebec. From 1998 to June 29, 1999, he was critic for Citizenship and Immigration and for public housing; he then returned as health critic and served as vice-chair of the Standing Committee for three sessions. On September 14, 2001, he took on additional critic responsibility for the Montreal region.

On February 15, 1994 Réal was the first member in the house of commons to use the word 'internet' saying "in building the electronic highway, the government will respect areas of provincial jurisdiction and ensure that communications linking us to Internet are also in French" [2]

In March 2006 he was shuffled from the health critic position to become the Bloc Québécois justice critic.

Municipal politicsEdit

In June 2009, Ménard announced that he was resigning from the House of Commons, effective September 16, in order to run as a Vision Montreal candidate for borough mayor of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in Montreal's 2009 municipal election.[3] Prior to his first election to the House of Commons, he was a political assistant to Louise Harel, Vision Montreal's 2009 candidate for Mayor of Montreal, when she was a provincial MNA.[4]

He won election to the borough mayoralty on November 1, 2009.[5]

Electoral record (incomplete)Edit

Municipal
2009 Montreal municipal election results: Borough Mayor, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Federal
2008 Canadian federal election: Hochelaga
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 22,720 49.73 −5.85 $28,893
Liberal Diane Dicaire 9,442 20.67 +3.43 not listed
New Democratic Jean-Claude Rocheleau 6,600 14.45 +5.54 $21,479
Conservative Luc Labbé 4,201 9.20 −3.01 $8,586
Green Philippe Larochelle 1,946 4.26 −0.60 not listed
neorhino.ca Simon Landry 230 0.50 not listed
Communist Marianne Breton Fontaine 184 0.40 $898
Marijuana Blair T. Longley 183 0.40 −0.32 not listed
Marxist–Leninist Christine Dandenault 177 0.39 −0.09 not listed
Total valid votes 45,683 100.00
Total rejected ballots 644
Turnout 46,327 58.24 −0.07
Electors on the lists 79,542
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
2006 Canadian federal election: Hochelaga
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 25,570 55.58 −4.54 $25,836
Liberal Vicky Harvey 7,932 17.24 −8.39 $10,318
Conservative Audrey Castonguay 5,617 12.21 +8.15 $30,705
New Democratic David-Roger Gagnon 4,101 8.91 +3.42 $2,780
Green Rolf Bramann 2,235 4.86 +1.88 none listed
Marijuana Blair T. Longley 332 0.72 −0.33 none listed
Marxist–Leninist Christine Dandenault 220 0.48 +0.23 none listed
Total valid votes 46,007 100.00
Total rejected ballots 723
Turnout 46,730 58.31 +0.52
Electors on the lists 80,142
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
2004 Canadian federal election: Hochelaga
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 27,476 60.12 +9.60 $35,055
Liberal Benoit Bouvier 11,712 25.63 −10.06 $22,566
New Democratic David Gagnon 2,510 5.49 +3.55 $695
Conservative Mario Bernier 1,856 4.06 −3.33 $2,131
Green Rolf Bramann 1,361 2.98 $963
Marijuana Antoine Théorêt-Poupart 482 1.05 none listed
Communist Pierre Bibeau 190 0.42 $647
Marxist–Leninist Christine Dandenault 112 0.25 none listed
Total valid votes 45,699 100.00
Total rejected ballots 936
Turnout 46,635 57.79
Electors on the lists 80,702
Percentage change figures are factored for redistribution. Conservative Party percentages are contrasted with the combined Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative figures from 2000. Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
2000 Canadian federal election: Hochelaga—Maisonneuve
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 21,250 49.20 +3.18 $59,310
Liberal Louis Morena 16,143 37.38 +3.17 $52,743
     Progressive Conservative Benoit Harbec 1,751 4.05 −11.86 $497
Alliance Stephanie Morency 1,502 3.48 $365
Marijuana Alex Néron 1,227 2.84 none listed
New Democratic Milan Mirich 767 1.78 +0.05 none listed
Marxist–Leninist Christine Dandenault 275 0.64 −0.29 $10
Communist Pierre Bibeau 274 0.63 $187
Total valid votes 43,189 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,385
Turnout 44,574 58.69 −13.87
Electors on the lists 75,947
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
1997 Canadian federal election: Hochelaga—Maisonneuve
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 21,938 46.02 $51,213
Liberal Denise Malo 16,308 34.21 $32,101
     Progressive Conservative Charles Boudreault 7,583 15.91 $2,329
New Democratic Milan Mirich 825 1.73 $0
Natural Law Richard Lauzon 577 1.21 $0
Marxist–Leninist Christine Dandenault 444 0.93 $142
Total valid votes 47,675 100.00
Total rejected ballots 2,188
Turnout 49,863 72.56
Electors on the lists 68,720
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.
1993 Canadian federal election: Hochelaga—Maisonneuve
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 26,170 61.37 $31,198
Liberal Jules Léger 10,675 25.03 $11,028
     Progressive Conservative Allan Koury 3,723 8.73 $43,692
New Democratic Paul Vachon 1,050 2.46 $2,715
Natural Law Richard Lauzon 588 1.38 $15
Marxist–Leninist Christine Dandenault 259 0.61 $80
Commonwealth of Canada Steve Bélanger 180 0.42 $0
Total valid votes 42,645 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,857
Turnout 44,502 74.24
Electors on the lists 59,945
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from the official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bull, Chris (2002-09-17). "Northern enlightenment: Canada has something to teach the U.S. when it comes to equal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships". The Advocate. Retrieved 2007-03-21.[dead link]
  2. ^ https://www.lipad.ca/full/permalink/3957111/
  3. ^ "Bloc MP runs for municipal politics". CTV News, June 25, 2009.
  4. ^ "Harel bolsters lineup with Bloc MP" Archived June 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. The Gazette, June 25, 2009.
  5. ^ Montreal Civic Vote 2009: Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. cbc.ca, November 1, 2009.

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