|MP for Terrebonne|
|Preceded by||Jean-Marc Robitaille|
|Succeeded by||last member|
|MP for Repentigny|
1997 – August 28, 2006
|Preceded by||first member|
|Succeeded by||Raymond Gravel|
November 22, 1963|
|Died||August 28, 2006
|Political party||Bloc Québécois|
Born in Charlemagne, Quebec, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and was a professor before entering politics. In 1993, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada for the Quebec riding of Terrebonne. He was subsequently re-elected in the 1997, 2000, and 2004 elections in the redistricted riding of Repentigny. From 2003 to 2004, he was the Deputy Whip of the Bloc Québécois. In the federal election that fell on January 23, 2006, Sauvageau garnered over 62% of the vote in his riding for a landslide victory over the Conservatives and the Liberals, who were still reeling from their political fallout from the sponsorship scandal.
Admired for his warmth and good nature by friend and adversary alike, Sauvageau championed fiscal responsibility on the Public Accounts committee and the language rights of francophones on the Official Languages committee.
LCN initially reported that just a few minutes before the accident, his wife Jacinthe had called 9-1-1 because Sauvageau had allegedly threatened to commit suicide shortly before leaving their home. However, a coroner's report concluded in August 2007 that Sauvageau did not intentionally crash his vehicle, and confirmed that he was distracted by his cellphone.
Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe described him "as a hard working and determined MP who knew everyone in his riding". Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement that: "Mr. Sauvageau was proud of his francophone roots, and was a dedicated MP who served his constituents well. He was appreciated by his colleagues for his integrity and human values and he will be missed." Long-time colleague, and then interim Liberal leader, Bill Graham stated that Sauvageau "brought to his job a great dedication and a willingness to work for the common good that made him an admired colleague for all."
Electoral record (partial)
|Canadian federal election, 1993: Terrebonne—Blainville|
|Bloc Québécois||Benoît Sauvageau||58,030||68.87||$59,840|
|Progressive Conservative||Jean-Marc Robitaille||9,825||11.66||$69,098|
|New Democratic Party||Renée-Claude Lorimier||900||1.07||$0|
|Total valid votes/Expense Limit||84,260||100.00||–||$76,905|
|Total rejected ballots||3,973|
|Electors on the lists||111,511|
|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.|