Gérald Godin

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Gérald Godin (November 13, 1938 – October 12, 1994) was a Quebec poet and politician.

Born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, he worked as a journalist at La Presse and other newspapers and magazines. He was among those arrested under the War Measures Act during the October Crisis in 1970.

In the 1976 Quebec provincial election, he won a seat as a candidate for the Parti Québécois, defeating incumbent Premier of Quebec Robert Bourassa in his own riding of Mercier. He served in various cabinet posts in the governments of René Lévesque and Pierre-Marc Johnson. His life companion was the Québécois singer Pauline Julien.

As a poet, he won the Prix Québec-Paris for his 1987 work Ils ne demandaient qu'à brûler.

Places named for him[edit]

The area surrounding the Mont-Royal metro station has been named Place Gérald-Godin in his honour. One of his poems is displayed as a mural overlooking the square.

The Cégep Gérald-Godin (college) in Sainte-Geneviève, Montreal is named for him.

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Electoral record[edit]

Quebec general election, 1989: Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Parti Québécois Gérald Godin 13,371 57.15 +10.04
Liberal Daniel Gagnon 7,117 30.42 -12.39
Green Manon Dubé 1,961 8.38 +6.67
New Democratic Robert Saint-Louis 567 2.42 -2.27
Workers Philippe Pouyer 168 0.72 +0.60
Marxist–Leninist Arnold August 108 0.46
Socialist Movement Gérard Talbot 106 0.45
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 1985: Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
     Parti Québécois Gérald Godin 12,062 47.11 -7.42
Liberal John Parisella 10,960 42.81 +1.43
     New Democrat Roger Couvrette 1,200 4.69 -
Green Yves Blanchette 437 1.71 -
     Humanist Colette Renaud 348 1.36 -
     Parti indépendantiste Denis Bourgeois 319 1.24 -
     Independent Gilles Côté 97 0.38 -0.02
     Commonwealth Elena Mendez 75 0.29 -
     Communist Gaetan Trudel 73 0.29 -
     No designation Philippe Pouyer 31 0.12 -
Total valid votes 25,602 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 451
Turnout 26,053 71.12
Electors on the lists 36,635
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 1981: Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
     Parti Québécois Gérald Godin 16,252 54.53 +3.15
Liberal Yves Bériault 12,333 41.38 +4.27
Union Nationale Roger Courtemanche 495 1.66 -5.89
     Workers Communist Roger Rashi 250 0.84 -
Marxist–Leninist Jacques Côté 125 0.42 -
     United Social Credit Gilles Côté 118 0.40 -2.07
     Independent Richard Langlois 116 0.39 -
     Workers Gérard Lachance 115 0.38 +0.08
Total valid votes 29,804 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 489
Turnout 30,293 79.92
Electors on the lists 37,904
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 1976: Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
     Parti Québécois Gérald Godin 13,450 51.38 +9.57
Liberal Robert Bourassa (incumbent) 9,714 37.11 -15.76
Union Nationale Giuseppe Anzini 1,975 7.55 +5.97
     Ralliement créditiste Robert Roy 647 2.47 -0.64
     NDP - RMS coalition Henri-François Gautrin 139 0.53 -
     Communist Guy Desautels 116 0.44 -
     Workers Gaston Morin 77 0.30 -
     No designation Louise Ouimet 58 0.22 -
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

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