|Leader of the Bloc Québécois in the House of Commons
December 16, 2013 – February 25, 2014
|Preceded by||Louis Plamondon|
|Succeeded by||Jean-François Fortin|
|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 was interim parliamentary leader from December 16, 2013, to February 25, 2014. On February 25, 2014, Bellavance resigned from that position to became a candidate in the Bloc Québécois leadership election. Bellavance's candidacy for leadership was endorsed by the other three BQ MPs,  however he was defeated in the leadership election by Mario Beaulieu, the former president of the sovereigntist Société-Saint-Jean-Baptiste, who was viewed as a "hardline" sovereigntist in comparison to Bellavance who had campaigned on broadening the party so that it would become more than a coalition of sovereigntists.
Bellavance gained national attention early in his first term as an MP, 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.
- "BELLAVANCE, André, B.A.". Parliement of Canada. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Daniel Paillé, leader of Bloc Québécois, to resign". The Huffington Post Canada. December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
- Delisle, Gabriel (February 22, 2014). "André Bellavance convoite la présidence du Bloc québécois". La Presse. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
- "Bloc Quebecois chooses Mario Beaulieu as new leader as federal party rebuilds". Vancouver Sun. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
- "Bloc Québécois leadership candidate Mario Beaulieu wants to put sovereignty back on the front burner". Montreal Gazette. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
- How'd They Vote?: André Bellavance's voting history and quotes
- André Bellavance – Parliament of Canada biography
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