Francine Lalonde

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Francine Lalonde
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Member of Parliament for La Pointe-de-l'Île
In office
2004–2011
Preceded by First Member
Succeeded by Ève Péclet
Member of Parliament for Mercier
In office
1993–2004
Preceded by Carole Jacques
Succeeded by Riding Dissolved
Personal details
Born (1940-08-24)August 24, 1940
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Died January 17, 2014(2014-01-17) (aged 73)
Quebec, Canada
Political party Bloc Québécois
Residence Montreal
Profession Lecturer, Teacher, Unionist

Francine Lalonde (August 24, 1940 – January 17, 2014) was a politician on the federal (Canada) and provincial (Quebec) levels. Prior to being elected she was a lecturer, teacher and unionist.

She was minister responsible for the status of women in the Lévesque government from January 16, 1985 until June 5, 1985. She resigned following her defeat to Robert Bourassa in the by-election of June 3, 1985 in the electoral district of Bertrand, failing to win a seat in the National Assembly of Quebec.

She was a Bloc Québécois member of the House of Commons of Canada, representing the districts of La Pointe-de-l'Île from 2004 election to 2011, and Mercier from the 1993 election to 2004. She has in the past been the Bloc's critic of Human Resources Development and of Industry, and of Foreign Affairs.

In June 2005, Lalonde introduced in Parliament a private Bill C-407 that would have legalized assisted suicide in Canada. Re-elected in January 2006, she promised to reintroduce her bill to legalize assisted suicide.

On September 13, 2010, Lalonde announced she would not be a candidate for re-election following the expiration of her current mandate "because of the re-emergence of my cancer and the need to pursue new treatments".[1] She died of cancer on January 17, 2014.[2][3]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2008: La Pointe-de-l'Île
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Francine Lalonde (incumbent) 25,976 56.09 -4.37 $54,814
Liberal Oumy Sarr 7,403 15.99 +1.88 $7,501
New Democratic Isabelle McGuire 5,975 12.90 +5.89 none listed
Conservative Hubert Pichet 5,179 11.18 -4.06 $49,752
Green Domita Cundari 1,340 2.89 -0.29 none listed
Rhinoceros Ben 97 Benoit 261 0.56 $1,608
Marxist–Leninist Claude Brunelle 177 0.38 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 46,311 100.0 $84,945
Total rejected ballots 688 1.46
Turnout 46,999 59.46 -2.86
Eligible voters 79,049
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2006: La Pointe-de-l'Île
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Francine Lalonde (incumbent) 29,368 60.46 -6.01 $62,051
Conservative Christian Prévost 7,402 15.24 +11.00 $7,391
Liberal Marie-Migniaud Dominique 6,855 14.11 -8.82 $9,649
New Democratic Nicolas Tremblay 3,407 7.01 +3.22 $1,505
Green Benjamin Rankin 1,544 3.18 +0.61 $12
Total valid votes 48,576 100.00
Total rejected ballots 739
Turnout 49,315 62.32 +3.14
Electors on the lists 79,135
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2004: La Pointe-de-l'Île
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois (x)Francine Lalonde 30,713 66.47 +13.35 $58,592
Liberal Jean-Claude Gobé 10,593 22.93 -9.79 $62,081
Conservative Christian Prévost 1,961 4.24 -3.11 $5,476
New Democratic André Langevin 1,751 3.79 +2.69 none listed
Green André Levert 1,186 2.57 none listed
Total valid votes 46,204 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,075
Turnout 47,279 59.18
Electors on the lists 79,894
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2000: Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Bloc Québécois Francine Lalonde 24,755 52.87 +1.81 $59,075
Liberal Normand Biron 15,416 32.93 +3.81 $66,350
Green Richard Savignac 1,813 3.87 $3,116
     Canadian Alliance J. Marc-Antoine Delsoin 1,684 3.60 $365
     Progressive Conservative Martin Gelgoot 1,629 3.48 -14.13 none listed
Marijuana Eric Duquette 937 2.00 none listed
     New Democratic Party Nicholas Vikander 480 1.03 -0.57 none listed
     Marxist-Leninist Geneviève Royer 104 0.22 -0.40 $10
Total valid votes 46,818 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,543
Turnout 48,361 63.27 -8.50
Electors on the lists 76,437
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 1997: Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Bloc Québécois Francine Lalonde 24,649 51.06 $54,212
Liberal René Bourgeault 14,061 29.12 $43,179
     Progressive Conservative Eric Champagne 8,500 17.61 $2,830
     New Democratic Party Cathy Milner 772 1.60 $0
     Marxist-Leninist Hélène Héroux 297 0.62 $0
Total valid votes 48,279 100.00
Total rejected ballots 2,487
Turnout 50,766 71.77
Electors on the lists 70,737
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes
Bloc Québécois Francine Lalonde 34,139
Liberal Magda Tadros 11,700
Independent Carole Jacques 8,992
Progressive Conservative Gérald Lacoste 2,720
New Democratic Guy D'Amours, 789
Abolitionist William-John Apostol 207
Commonwealth of Canada Pierre Aylwin 128


Quebec general election, 1989: Saint-Henri
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Nicole Loiselle 10,765 47.07
     Parti Québécois Francine Lalonde 10,286 44.97
Green Perceval Shaun 978 4.28
     New Democratic Party Jean-Pierre Fafard 530 2.32
     Workers Serge Turmel 180 0.79
     Marxist-Leninist Stéphane Chénier 66 0.29
     Communist Joan Doiron 66 0.29
Total valid votes 22,871 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 662
Turnout 23,533 70.56
Electors on the lists 33,350
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec provincial by-election, June 3, 1985: Bertrand
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Robert Bourassa 15,490 57.97
     Parti Québécois Francine Lalonde 10,217 38.23
     Independent Joseph Arthur Laurent Alie 408 1.53
     United Social Credit Joseph Ranger 182 0.68
     Commonwealth Paul Rochon 162 0.61
     Non-Affiliated Carolle Caron 135 0.51
     Non-Affiliated Patricia Métivier 129 0.48
Total valid votes 26,723 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 567
Turnout 27,290 68.61
Electors on the lists 39,776
Source: Official Results, Government of Quebec

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