Gérard Deltell

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Gérard Deltell
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Gérard Deltell in 2013
Leader of the Action démocratique du Québec
In office
November 19, 2009 – January 22, 2012
Preceded by Gilles Taillon
Succeeded by None, Party dissolved
MNA for Chauveau
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 8, 2008
Preceded by Gilles Taillon
Personal details
Born (1964-08-08) August 8, 1964 (age 50)
Quebec City, Quebec
Political party Action démocratique du Québec 2008-2012
CAQ 2012-
Relations Guy (father), Paule (mother)[1]
Children Jean-Philippe, Béatrice[2]
Alma mater Université Laval[2]
Profession Journalist[2]
Portfolio Education, identity and culture[2]

Gérard Deltell (born August 8, 1964) is a politician in Quebec, Canada. Deltell was the final leader of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) from 2009 to the merger of the party with the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) in 2012. He is the member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Chauveau. He was the house leader of the CAQ in the National Assembly until the provincial election in April 2014.[3]

Background[edit]

Deltell was born and raised in Quebec City. He held party membership in the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the 1980s.[4]

Deltell's parents are Pied-Noirs born in Algeria.[5] They immigrated to Canada and settled in Montreal in 1958,[1] although relocated later in the year to Loretteville, near Quebec City. His father, Guy, served in a Moroccan regiment[1] of the French Army of the Second World War[6] and was awarded the French Legion of Honour on October 26, 2011.[5]

Deltell studied social science at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, graduating in 1984.[2] He majored in history at Université Laval and graduated in 1989.[2] He also received training as an announcer at the Collège des annonceurs radio télévision in 1982 and at École de radio et de télévision Promédia in 1993.[2] He received a pilot's license for ultralight aircraft in 2005.[2]

Journalism career[edit]

Before he entered politics, Deltell worked as a TV correspondent with TQS. He also worked for the TVA and Radio-Canada stations in Quebec City, as well as the CIRO-FM radio station as a radio show host. Overall, he worked as a journalist for a total of over 20 years.

Provincial politics[edit]

Deltell ran as the Action démocratique du Québec candidate in the district of Chauveau in the 2008 provincial election.[7] He won the seat with 44% of the vote and succeeded Gilles Taillon, who ran and lost in Chapleau.

On November 19, 2009, Deltell replaced Taillon as leader of the ADQ.[4]

During his tenure as ADQ leader, Deltell was noted as a stabilizing factor inside the party after the 2009 leadership race caused a power vacuum in the party. He improved the fortunes of the ADQ in the polls, bringing them back to 20% in the polls. The ADQ were also polling well in the Quebec City region and other noted Conservative areas.[citation needed]

He ceased being leader of the ADQ upon the dissolution of the party into the new movement established by François Legault, the Coalition Avenir Québec. Deltell served as parliamentary leader of the CAQ caucus until the 2012 Quebec general election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Portrait d'un combattant: Guy Deltell" (in French). Association des Anciens Combattants et Soldats Français de Québec. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Deltell, Gérard (2011). "Biographie". GerardDeltell.qc.ca (in French). Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/government+Quebecers+Couillard+says/9750667/story.html
  4. ^ a b "Gerard Deltell named new leader of the ADQ". The Canadian Press. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Remise de la Légion d’honneur à Guy Deltell" (in French). Quebec, QC, Canada: Consulat général de France à Québec. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Mercier, Noémi (2011-02-09). "36 heures dans la vie de Gérard Deltell". L'actualité. p. 3. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Gérard Deltell à l'ADQ, Denis Lessard, La Presse, November 2, 2008

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gilles Taillon
Leader of the Action démocratique du Québec
2009-2012
Succeeded by
None, Party dissolved