Bloc Québécois leadership election, 2011

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Bloc Québécois leadership election, 2011
Date December 11, 2011
Resigning leader Gilles Duceppe
Won by Daniel Paillé
Ballots 2
Candidates 3

Bloc Québécois leadership elections
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An election for the leadership of the Bloc Québécois was held on December 11, 2011 to replace Gilles Duceppe, who resigned on May 2, 2011, after the party lost 43 of its 47 seats, including his own seat, in the 2011 federal election. It was won by Daniel Paillé.[1]

Voter turnout for the leadership election was 38%.[2]


Timeline[edit]

  • March 15, 1997: Gilles Duceppe wins the leadership election taking over for Michel Gauthier as party president (leader).[3][4]
  • March 25, 2011: Stephen Harper's government is defeated in a Motion of no confidence losing 156—145 which sets-up the May 2 election.[5][6]
  • May 2, 2011: The election is held. The Bloc Québécois won only 4 ridings after having 47 at dissolution of Parliament.[7] The party lost official party status.[8] Gilles Duceppe loses his own riding in Laurier—Sainte-Marie and announces his resignation.[9]
  • May 3, 2011: Vivian Barbot becomes interim president after failing to regain her riding the night before.[4][10]
  • May 11, 2011: Former MP Pierre Paquette announces his interest in running for leader and his intention to tour Quebec this summer to consult party members on the future of the Bloc.[8]
  • June 2, 2011: Louis Plamondon is named the Bloc's interim parliamentary leader.[11]
  • June 8, 2011: Party executive sets dates for the leadership election.[12]
  • August 12, 2011: Paquette tells Le Devoir that he will not be a candidate and urges the party to delay the leadership election for a year.[13][14]
  • September 17, 2011: BQ General Council meets to decide the official rules for the leadership election, the council affirmed its decision to hold the leadership election in 2011 rejecting calls to delay the election until 2012;[15] official start of leadership race.[12][16]
  • October 28, 2011: Deadline to submit signatures of 1,000 party members and become an official candidate.[17]
  • October 31 – November 18, 2011:[when?] Advance voting at the BQ's national office during business hours.[18]
  • November 8, 2011, 6:30 pm: Candidates debate (Quebec City) at Loews Hôtel Le Concorde.[18]
  • November 11, 2011: Deadline for new members to join the party.[18]
  • November 15, 2011, 6:30 pm: Candidates debate (Montreal) at Hôtel Delta Montréal.[18]
  • November 16, 2011: Deadline for membership renewals.[18]
  • November 22, 2011, 7 pm: Internet candidates debate.[18]
  • December 10, 2011: Deadline for completed mail-in ballots to be received.[18]
  • December 11, 2011: Daniel Paillé declared winner after the second ballot.[18]

Candidates[edit]

Official candidates[edit]

Jean-François Fortin[edit]

Background

MP for Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia (2011–present)
Former mayor of Sainte-Flavie, Quebec
Only newly elected BQ MP in the current caucus

Date campaign launched: September 17, 2011[16][19]
Supporters

Maria Mourani[edit]

Maria Mourani
Background

MP for Ahuntsic (2006–present)
Only BQ MP remaining from the Montreal area[19]

Date campaign launched: September 21, 2011[14][20]
Supporters
Other information

Daniel Paillé[edit]

Daniel Paillé
Background

Former MP for Hochelaga (2009–2011)
Former MNA for Prévost (1994–1996)
Former Quebec Minister of Industry (1994–1996)[17]

Date campaign launched: October 4, 2011[21]
Supporters

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Support by Ballot
Candidate 1st ballot 2nd ballot
Votes cast  % Votes cast  %
Daniel Paillé.jpg PAILLÉ, Daniel 5,659 44.05% 7,868 61.28%
Maria Mourani 2008.jpg MOURANI, Maria 3,613 28.13% 4,972 38.72%
FORTIN, Jean-François 3,574 27.82% Eliminated
Total 12,846 100.0% 12,840 100.0%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daniel Paille new leader of Bloc Quebecois". CBC News, December 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Bloc Quebecois to announce its new leader today". CJAD News. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Bloc Québécois through the years". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Leadership Roles". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ Mayeda, Andrew (March 25, 2011). "The Fall of the House of Harper: Liberal non-confidence motion passes". National Post. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Federal election called for May 2". Globe and Mail. March 26, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Wallace, Kenyon (May 5, 2011). "Quebec sovereignty movement anything but dead". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Authier, Philip (May 11, 2011). "Defeated Bloc Québécois MP Pierre Paquette wants leader's job". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ LeBlanc, Daniel (May 2, 2011). "Duceppe resigns as Bloc leader after losing riding". Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Présidence par intérim" (in French). Bloc Québécois. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Louis Plamondon nommé chef parlementaire par intérim du Bloc Québécois" (in French). June 2, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "La course à la présidence du Bloc Québécois aura lieu du 18 septembre au 11 décembre 2011". Bloc Quebecois. June 13, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Pierre Paquette se retire de la course à la direction du Bloc québécois". Radio-Canada. August 12, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c Montpetit, Jonathan (August 12, 2011). "Bloc faces growing pressure to delay choosing Duceppe replacement". Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  15. ^ Canadian, Press (September 17, 2011). "Leadership race underway for embattled Bloc Quebecois". CTV News. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Authier, Philip (August 12, 2011). "MP may join battle for Bloc". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b c Authier, Philip (October 4, 2011). "Daniel Paillé throws hat into Bloc ring". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h "Course a la presidence". Bloc Quebecois website. Bloc Quebecois. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Bloc Quebec leadership race kicks off". CTV News. September 17, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Second candidate steps forward in BQ leadership race". Vancouver Sun. September 21, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  21. ^ "La souveraineté a besoin du Bloc québécois, croit Daniel Paillé". Radio-Canada.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  22. ^ Grenier, Eric (August 26, 2011). "Bloc Quebecois Leadership: Does Anyone Want This Job?". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  23. ^ Pelletier, Louis (August 17, 2011). "Paquette pourrait être candidat en 2012". L'action. Retrieved August 22, 2011.