Hec Clouthier

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Hector Daniel Clouthier (born October 18, 1949 in Pembroke) is a former Federal Member of Parliament for the riding of Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke in Ontario, Canada. He is known for wearing a flamboyant fedora and his election slogan, "Give 'em Hec".

Prior to being elected, Clouthier was Vice-President of Hec Clouthier and Sons Inc., a well-known lumbering firm in the Upper Ottawa Valley.

As a community activist he volunteered as Campaign Chair for the United Way Upper Ottawa Valley, as Chair of the Ottawa Valley Lumber Association, as President of the Pembroke and Area Chamber of Commerce, as Chair of Quality Assurance and Risk Managementfor the Pembroke Regional Hospital and as Chair of Personnel for St. Joseph's Non Profit Housing.

He originally sought the Liberal nomination in Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke before the 1993 federal election, but his candidacy was denied by then-party leader Jean Chrétien in favour of sitting MP Len Hopkins. Clouthier ran as an Independent candidate and received more than 10,000 votes, finishing second to Hopkins.

In 1997 Hopkins announced he would not be a candidate in the next federal election. There was a spirited battle for the Liberal nomination, and over 4,000 memberships were sold. At the convention Clouthier defeated three other candidates to win the nomination. Subsequently he won the general election and became MP for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke. He was elected by his fellow Liberal MPs as Chair of Eastern Ontario caucus, and was named by the Prime Minister as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence in 2000.

In the 2000 election he was defeated by Canadian Alliance candidate Cheryl Gallant mainly due to his controversial endorsement of gun control, which had become highly unpopular in the region. After the election he was asked by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to be a Special Advisor in the Prime Minister's Office. He served in the PMO until Paul Martin took over as Prime Minister.

In the fall of 2002 Clouthier met U.S. President George W. Bush in Detroit at a border conference. The American President was "smitten"[1] by Clouthier's fedora and asked for one. Clouthier had a fedora made for the President ( from Giroux Men's Wear in Ottawa ) and sent it to the White House.

Clouthier served as Executive Director of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) from 2007 till 2010 when he resigned to once again seek political office.

In the 2011 federal election, Clouthier ran in his former riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, placing second to incumbent Gallant. His tally of almost 10,000 votes was the most of any Independent in Ontario.

He is President and CEO of Hec Clouthier Consulting Ltd.

Augmenting his consulting business Clouthier successfully completed the Strategic Human Resource Management ( SHRM ) program Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Alternative Dispute Resolution ( ADR ) Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. He was taught by the Jesuits at Loyola College, Montreal.

Clouthier holds a professional harness horse driver's licence. He enjoys downhill skiing, playing ice hockey and is an avid marathon runner . He has run 33 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2014 .

Membership in Algonquin Nation[edit]

Clouthier has been identified as a member of the Algonquins of Greater Golden Lake according to the "Algonquin Nation Standardized Identification Criteria" of the Algonquin Nation Tribal Council.


  1. ^ Globe and Mail, November 30, 2002

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Len Hopkins, Liberal
Member of Parliament from Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke
Succeeded by
Cheryl Gallant, Conservative