Richard Martel

Richard Martel MP (born March 23, 1961) is a Canadian politician and former ice hockey coach. He last coached the Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups in the French Ligue Magnus. Martel was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election on June 18, 2018. He represents the electoral district of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Richard Martel

Richard Martel (cropped).jpg
Conservative Party Quebec Lieutenant
Assumed office
September 2, 2020
LeaderErin O'Toole
Preceded byAlain Rayes
Member of Parliament
for Chicoutimi—Le Fjord
Assumed office
June 18, 2018
Preceded byDenis Lemieux
Personal details
Born (1961-03-23) March 23, 1961 (age 60)
Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Annie Houle
ResidenceChicoutimi, Quebec
OccupationIce hockey coach

Coaching career
Team(s)Saint-Hyacinthe Laser
Val-d'Or Foreurs
Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Brûleurs de Loups (France)
Years as a coach1993–2015

Coaching careerEdit

Martel was an assistant coach under Jos Canale from 1991 to 1993 in Chicoutimi.[1][2] Between 1993 and 2011, Martel served as a head coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he twice won the Ron Lapointe Trophy as the QMJHL coach of the year. On February 28, 2010, Martel became the most successful coach in the history of the QMJHL when he coached the Chicoutimi Saguenéens to a 3–1 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar to win his 570th QMJHL game, surpassing the record previously held by Guy Chouinard.[3]

Coaching recordEdit

 
Martel in 2014

QMJHLEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL W-L% Finish Result
Saint-Hyacinthe 1993-94 72 35 30 7 0 .535 4th in Lebel Eliminated - Round 1
Saint-Hyacinthe 1994-95 72 26 42 4 0 .389 5th in Lebel Eliminated - Round 1
Val-d'Or 1995-96 70 39 24 7 0 .607 3rd in Lebel Eliminated - Round 2
Val-d'Or 1996-97 70 40 28 2 0 .586 3rd in Lebel Eliminated - Semi Finals
Val-d'Or 1997-98 58 29 23 6 0 .552 (replaced mid-season)
Baie-Comeau 1998-99 53 17 32 4 0 .358 7th in Dilio Missed Playoffs
Baie-Comeau 1999-00 72 31 31 5 5 .500 3rd in East Eliminated - Round 1
Baie-Comeau 2000-01 72 41 23 8 0 .625 1st in East Eliminated - Semi Finals
Baie-Comeau 2001-02 72 38 25 7 2 .590 2nd in East Eliminated - Round 1
Baie-Comeau 2002-03 72 50 14 6 2 .750 1st in East Eliminated - Semi Finals
Chicoutimi 2003-04 42 23 13 5 1 .619 2nd in Eastern Eliminated - Semi Finals
Chicoutimi 2004-05 70 38 19 6 7 .636 2nd in Eastern Eliminated - Semi Finals
Chicoutimi 2005-06 70 51 15 0 4 .757 2nd in Western Eliminated - Round 2
Chicoutimi 2006-07 70 34 28 0 8 .543 8th in Telus Eliminated - Round 1
Chicoutimi 2007-08 70 37 25 0 8 .585 4th in Telus Eliminated - Round 1
Chicoutimi 2008-09 68 24 32 0 12 .441 3rd in Telus East Eliminated - Round 1
Chicoutimi 2009-10 68 26 33 0 9 .449 3rd in Telus East Eliminated - Round 1
Chicoutimi 2009-10 50 18 22 0 10 .460 (replaced mid-season)
Total 1191 597 459 67 68 Win%: .501

Source: Career profile

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
Ron Lapointe Trophy - QMJHL Coach of the Year 1993–94 [4]
Ron Lapointe Trophy - QMJHL Coach of the Year 2004–05 [5]

PoliticsEdit

 
Andrew Scheer at opening of Martel's campaign office

On December 20, 2017, Martel was named the Conservative candidate for an upcoming by-election in the federal electoral district of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord,[6] as a star candidate.[7] Martel was recruited by a former player, Antoine Tardif, who served as the party's chief organizer in Quebec.[8][9] Martel had previously been courted to run for mayor of Saguenay as well as the National Assembly of Quebec.[10]

Martel was elected as a Member of Parliament on June 18, 2018, gaining the seat from the Liberals.[11]

He was reelected in the 2019 Canadian federal election.[7][12]

On September 2, 2020, Conservative leader Erin O'Toole announced that Martel would serve as the party's Quebec lieutenant, succeeding Alain Rayes.[13]

Electoral recordEdit

2021 Canadian federal election: Chicoutimi—Le Fjord
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Richard Martel 17,291 40.95 +4.14
Bloc Québécois Julie Bouchard 14,096 33.38 -1.53
Liberal Jean Duplain 7,746 18.35 +1.24
New Democratic Ismaël Raymond 1,952 4.62 -1.88
People's Jimmy Voyer 650 1.54 +0.72
Green Yves Laporte 489 1.16 -2.00
Total valid votes 42,224
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 64.47 -3.68
Registered voters 65,498
Source: Elections Canada[14]
Conservative hold Swing +2.83
2019 Canadian federal election: Chicoutimi—Le Fjord
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Richard Martel 16,155 36.82 -15.85 $88,278.98
Bloc Québécois Valérie Tremblay 15,321 34.91 +29.31 none listed
Liberal Dajana Dautovic 7,504 17.10 -12.40 $9,048.24
New Democratic Stéphane Girard 2,855 6.51 -2.14 $1,181.55
Green Lynda Youde 1,388 3.16 +0.07 $2,988.37
People's Jimmy Voyer 359 0.82 $1,360.01
Rhinoceros Line Bélanger 299 0.68 $0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,881 97.94
Total rejected ballots 925 2.06 +0.42
Turnout 44,806 68.15 +1.48
Eligible voters 65,747
Conservative hold Swing -21.09
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]
Canadian federal by-election, June 18, 2018: Chicoutimi—Le Fjord
Resignation of Denis Lemieux
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Martel 12,600 52.76 +36.16
Liberal Lina Boivin 7,044 29.50 -1.60
New Democratic Éric Dubois 2,065 8.65 -21.07
Bloc Québécois Catherine Bouchard-Tremblay 1,337 5.60 -14.92
Green Lynda Youde 738 3.09 +1.02
Independent John Turmel 98 0.41
Total valid votes/Expense limit 23,882 98.67
Total rejected ballots 322 1.33 -0.34
Turnout 24,294 36.52 -30.15
Eligible voters 66,267
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +18.88
Source:Elections Canada: Official Voting Results

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Émond, Serge (17 November 2010). "Canale de retour avec les Sags". Le Quotidien (in French). Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Jos Canale devient conseiller avec les Saguenéens". Chicoutimi Saguenéens (in French). 16 November 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Richard Martel of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens now QMJHL's winningest head coach - NHL.com - News". nhl.com. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Coach Martel ties record as Sagueneens beat Drakkar". tsn.ca. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  5. ^ "QMJHL: Martel gets win in 1000th game". tsn.ca. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  6. ^ Houle, Jean (20 December 2017). "L'ex-entraîneur Richard Martel officiellement candidat pour le Parti conservateur". Journal de Quebec. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b Boutilier, Alex (22 October 2019). "Quebec Conservatives acknowledge party's campaign shortcomings | The Star". Toronto Star. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  8. ^ Montpetit, Jonathan (19 June 2018). "How the federal Conservatives handed the Liberals their first byelection loss since 2013". CBC News.
  9. ^ Raj, Althia (27 August 2018). "Inside The Conservatives' 2019 Election Plan: Flirting With Quebec Separatists". Althia Raj.
  10. ^ Tremblay, Louis (20 December 2017). "Richard Martel fait le saut en politique chez les conservateurs". Le Quotidien. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Le conservateur Richard Martel élu député fédéral de Chicoutimi–Le Fjord". Journal De Quebec. Agence QMI. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  12. ^ Montpetit, Jonathan (22 October 2019). "Big gains for the Bloc Québécois, but what did it sacrifice in the process?". CBC News.
  13. ^ "Conservative Party: Richard Martel becomes Quebec lieutenant, Gérard Deltell becomes parliamentary leader". HuffPost (in French). 2 September 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Confirmed candidates — Chicoutimi—Le Fjord". Elections Canada. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  15. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved 22 September 2021.

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