Suzanne Tremblay (French pronunciation: [syzan tʁɑ̃blɛ]; born January 24, 1937) is a politician from Quebec, Canada, who served as a Bloc Québécois member of the House of Commons of Canada from 1993 to 2004.
|Opposition House Leader|
17 March 1997 – 25 April 1997
|Preceded by||Gilles Duceppe|
|Succeeded by||Randy White|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament for Rimouski-Neigette-et-La Mitis|
25 October 1993 – 28 June 2004
|Preceded by||Monique Vézina|
|Succeeded by||Riding dissolved|
|Born||January 24, 1937|
|Political party||Bloc Québécois|
|Residence||Le Bic, Quebec|
Born in Montreal, Tremblay received a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship to attend Tufts University in the United States, where she earned a Master's degree in pre-school education. She then completed a certificate in educational studies at the Université de Lyon and a certificate in child care studies at the University of London.
Tremblay was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1993 federal election for the riding of Rimouski—Témiscouata. She was re-elected in the 1997 election for the riding of Rimouski-Mitis and in the 2000 election for Rimouski-Neigette-et-La Mitis. She announced her intention not to run again in the 2004 federal election.
She was occasionally a controversial figure, once pointing out that Quebec Premier Jean Charest's first name was really "John" in an attempt to discredit him as a representative of the true Quebec; the Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe distanced himself from this comment. Tremblay also made similar comments attacking Radio-Canada journalist Joyce Napier for not having a francophone name, and pop singer Céline Dion for purportedly turning her back on her Québécoise identity in her pursuit of pop stardom.
Following Tremblay's announcement of her retirement from the House of Commons, Louise Thibault, a municipal councillor in Le Bic, became the Bloc Québécois candidate in the new riding of Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, and won the 2004 election. Tremblay ran in the resulting by-election to fill Thibault's municipal council seat, running primarily on a campaign of opposing the then-proposed amalgamation of Le Bic with Rimouski. She lost narrowly to Pierre Garon, a local farmer and trucker who had not previously been active in politics.
|2000 Canadian federal election|
|Bloc Québécois||Suzanne Tremblay||19,759|
|Progressive Conservative||Réal Blais||1,150|
|Natural Law||Lyse Beauchemin||673|
|New Democratic||René Lemieux||525|
|1997 Canadian federal election: Rimouski—Mitis|
|Bloc Québécois||Suzanne Tremblay||17,282||47.00||$53,089|
|Progressive Conservative||Jean Roy||7,901||21.49||$32,225|
|New Democratic||Elizabeth Clark||479||1.30||$0|
|Total valid votes||36,774||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||1,211|
|Electors on the lists||55,665|
|Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.|
|1993 Canadian federal election|
|Bloc Québécois||Suzanne Tremblay||23,118|
|Progressive Conservative||Jean Morin||4,622|
|Natural Law||Gilles Roussel||400|
|New Democratic||Alex En Hwa Ng||335|