Françoise David

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Françoise David
Françoise David 2012-08-24 B.jpg
MNA for Gouin
Incumbent
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by Nicolas Girard
Personal details
Born (1948-01-13) January 13, 1948 (age 66)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Québec solidaire
Spouse(s) François Larose
Residence Montreal, Quebec
Religion None [1]

Françoise David, CQ (born January 13, 1948) is a spokesperson of Québec solidaire – a left-wing, feminist and sovereigntist political party in the province of Quebec, Canada. She was elected to serve as the Member of the National Assembly in the riding of Gouin in the 2012 Quebec election, and then again in the 2014 Quebec election. Quebec Solidaire was born from the merger of Option Citoyenne with l'Union des Forces Progressistes. She is the author of the book/manifesto Bien commun recherché – une option citoyenne (over 7,000 copies sold in Quebec) which attempts to combine the concepts of "common good", social justice, ecology and economic democracy into a coherent political doctrine.

Biography[edit]

In 1987, Françoise David became coordinator for the Regroupement des centres de femmes du Québec. Seven years later, she was named president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ). In this capacity, she ensured that women's issues, including poverty and violence against women, remained at the forefront in Canada. She is the daughter of cardiologist Paul David. She is also the sister of teacher and director of Raould Dandurand Chair, Charles-Philippe David.

Two of her best-recognised public successes have been the 1995 Women's March against Poverty and the 2000 World March of Women against Poverty and Violence.

In addition to her work experience, Françoise David is a member of numerous community organizations. In January 2000, she participated in the non-governmental observation mission to Iraq, and in December 2001 she traveled to Mali with the Canadian University Service Overseas.

In 1999, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

David ran in the riding of Gouin in central Montreal in the 2007 Quebec election, finishing second to the PQ incumbent Nicolas Girard. David received 7913 votes, amounting to 26% of the vote in her riding, behind Girard's 11,318 votes (37%). Quebec Solidaire received 3.7% of the vote provincewide.

David ran in Gouin a second time in the 2008 Quebec election, receiving 7987 votes, or approximately 32% of the total, but again losing out to Girard, who received 10,276 votes (41%). Quebec Solidaire received 3.8% of the vote provincewide and David's co-leader Amir Khadir won the party's first seat in the National Assembly of Quebec in the neighbouring riding of Mercier.

In the 2012 Quebec election, David was elected for the first time. She was re-elected in 2014, her party winning the most seats in its history.[2]

Her younger sister, Dr. Hélène David, was elected an MNA for the provincial riding of Outremont in the 2014 Quebec election.[3][4] Dr. Hélène David holds a PhD in psychology, and since 1984 she was an instructor and vice-rector at the University. From 2008 to 2010 she was Assistant Deputy Minister for higher education in the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation & Sport under Premier Jean Charest.[5] When asked if her sister Françoise tried to persuade her to join her Québec solidaire party, Hélène said that the two have “known for a long time that we're not necessarily from the same political family.” Dr. Hélène David is a federalist.[3][4]

Françoise David is married to François Larose, with whom she had one child.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

Quebec general election, 2014: Gouin
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Québec solidaire Françoise David 16,155 50.98 +4.95
Parti Québécois Louise Mailloux 6,438 20.31 -12.17
Liberal Cheraquie Auguste-Constant 5,642 17.80 +6.13
Coalition Avenir Québec Paul Franche 2,748 8.67 +0.60
Option nationale Olivier Lacelle 358 1.13
Parti nul Marc Boulanger 351 1.11
Total valid votes 31,692 98.80
Total rejected ballots 385 1.20
Turnout 32,077 73.18 -4.73
Electors on the lists 43,831
Québec solidaire hold Swing +8.56
Source: [1].

* Result compared to Action démocratique

Quebec general election, 2012: Gouin
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Québec solidaire Françoise David 15,483 46.03 +14.18
Parti Québécois Nicolas Girard 10,927 32.48 -8.70
Liberal Anson Duran 3,924 11.67 -8.26
Coalition Avenir Québec Bernard Labadie 2,713 8.07 +4.48*
Green Sameer Muldeen 448 1.33 -1.89
Unité Nationale Gilles Guibord 143 0.43
Total valid votes 33,638 99.00
Total rejected ballots 339 1.00
Turnout 33,977 77.91 +19.88
Electors on the lists 43,608
Québec solidaire gain from Parti Québécois Swing +11.44
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Françoise_David
  2. ^ CTV Montreal News. http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/manon-masse-officially-wins-seat-for-quebec-solidaire-1.1772307. CTV. April 11th, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Françoise David's sister Hélène to run for Liberals". CTV Montreal. March 2, 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Muise, Monique (March 3, 2014). "Hélène David to run for Liberals". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hélène David's Mandate and Biography". Université de Montréal. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/elections-quebec-2014/201208/31/01-4570239-conjoints-de-chefs-unis-en-campagne-comme-dans-la-vie.php

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