|Leader of the Bloc Québécois
December 16, 2013
|Preceded by||Daniel Paillé|
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||André Bachand|
June 3, 1964 |
|Political party||Bloc Québécois|
|Profession||Journalist, political assistant, radio announcer|
Bellavance is currently a member of the Bloc Québécois in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Richmond—Arthabaska since 2004. Before being elected, he was the parliamentary assistant to Pierre Paquette.
Bellavance gained national attention early in his term, when he initially refused to provide Canadian flags to a Royal Canadian Legion hall in Richmond. Bellavance, a Quebec sovereigntist, had said he felt uncomfortable promoting Canada by providing a flag through his own office, and instead provided a toll-free phone number for the Department of Canadian Heritage, which might provide such a flag.
Other Bloc MPs had given their constituents Canadian flags on request in the past. A short national scandal ensued at what critics perceived a slight against veterans and against the country. Many politicians quickly sent the Legion flags; Prime Minister Paul Martin sent a flag that had flown atop the Peace Tower, and Opposition leader Stephen Harper personally delivered a dozen flags.
- "Daniel Paillé, leader of Bloc Québécois, to resign". The Huffington Post Canada. December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
- How'd They Vote?: André Bellavance's voting history and quotes
- André Bellavance – Parliament of Canada biography
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