Jean-François Plante

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Jean-François "Jeff" Plante is a Canadian conservative/self-described libertarian activist and supporter of men's rights. He has been an internet radio host, and was also running for leadership of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ), following Mario Dumont's resignation after the 2008 Quebec election.[1] He served as the president of the Conservative Party of Quebec.

Internet radio[edit]

Plante runs Radio XTRM, a Canadian internet based radio stations, and is the editor of République de Bananes, a French Canadian news and analysis website.

Municipal politics[edit]

Plante was elected to Montreal's City Council for the district of Père-Marquette in 1998 with 34% of the vote, defeating incumbent Robert Laramée (33%). In 2001, Plante ran in the district of Louis-Hébert (Rosemont–Petite-Patrie borough). He received 64% of the vote. He did not run for re-election in 2005. Plante was affiliated to the Vision Montréal party of Mayor Pierre Bourque.

Provincial politics[edit]

Plante also ran as an Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) candidate for the Basses-Laurentides district of Deux-Montagnes in 2007.

On March 5, 2007, Journalist Denis Lessard unveiled past declarations he made on his internet radio show. Plante declared that too much emphasis was put on violence towards women while none for men. He also refused to wear the annual white ribbon, which is used to remember the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, asserting it was used by certain feminist lobbies to say that every man should be held responsible for this crime. Plante claimed that the event was hijacked of its real meaning by lobbies to serve a political agenda.

Medias, pressured Dumont to make him resign which he did three days later. [2] Lucie Leblanc replaced Plante as candidate. The ADQ won the district of Deux-Montagnes sending Leblanc to the legislature with 36% of the vote.

As of May 2, 2007 (more than a month after the election), Plante still held an executive job within the ADQ party structure. Liberal Cabinet Members Nathalie Normandeau, Monique Jérôme-Forget, Christine St-Pierre and Line Beauchamp called for his resignation. [3] So far Dumont has refused to expel Plante, claiming that anyone has the right to support the ADQ. Plante later quit on his own. [4]

Plante later ran for the leadership of the ADQ but was disquallified from the running after it was determined that he didn't enough valid signature.

After the ADQ merged with the CAQ, a small wing of the party left to form the Conservative Party of Quebec. Plante was named president. Under his leadership the party got 0.18% of the popular vote at the 2012 Quebec general election. He left the party after the election.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Laramée (Independent)
City Councillor, District of Père-Marquette
1998-2001
Succeeded by
The electoral district was abolished.
Preceded by
Carl Baillargeon (Vision Montreal)
City Councillor, District of Louis-Hébert
2001-2005
Succeeded by
The electoral district was abolished.