Jean-François Fortin (politician)

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Jean-François Fortin
Leader of Forces et Démocratie
Assumed office
October 21, 2014
Preceded by office creation
Leader of the Bloc Québécois in the House of Commons
In office
February 26, 2014 – August 12, 2014
Preceded by André Bellavance
Member of the Canadian House of Commons
Constituency Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
Personal details
Born (1973-09-12) September 12, 1973 (age 41)
Political party Bloc Québécois (2011-2014)
Independent (2014)
Forces et Démocratie (2014-)
Profession Professor

Jean-François Fortin (born September 12, 1973) is a Canadian politician. He was a Bloc Québécois MP in the House of Commons, but now sits as an independent. He was elected to represent the riding of Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia in the 2011 federal election. Fortin was chosen interim parliamentary leader of the Bloc on February 26, 2014.[1] On August 12, 2014, Fortin quit the party to sit as an independent saying that the Bloc Québécois he had joined no longer exists and that new party leader Mario Beaulieu had destroyed its credibility.[2]

On October 21, 2014, Fortin, along with Jean-François Larose, the NDP MP for Repentigny, announced that they were forming Forces et Démocratie, a new Quebec-only political party dedicated to representing the province's regions.[3]

Early life[edit]

Prior to being elected to parliament, Fortin was a professor of political science at Cégep de Rimouski from 2001 until 2011. He was also elected as a city councillor in Sainte-Flavie in 2003 and served a term as mayor from 2006 until 2009.

Political career[edit]

Fortin was one of only four BQ MPs elected in the Canadian election which saw the party's caucus reduced from 47 to 4 and was the only non-incumbent Bloc candidate to win election. He won the vacant seat holding it for the Bloc Québécois and succeeded former Member of Parliament Jean-Yves Roy who resigned from Parliament in late 2010 due to ill health.

On September 17, 2011, Fortin declared his candidacy in the Bloc Québécois leadership election that was held to choose a successor to Gilles Duceppe.[4] He was defeated on the first ballot on December 11, 2011.[5]

Fortin considered running in the 2014 party leadership election but decided to back André Bellavance. On August 12, 2014, almost two months after Mario Beaulieu's upset victory, Fortin quit the Bloc Quebecois to sit as an Independent accusing Beaulieu of "pushing a unidimensional, intransigent agenda that lacks rigour has put an end to the credibility established by (former leaders) Gilles Duceppe and followed up by Daniel Paillé, two leaders who merit great respect." He continued, saying that "Beaulieu is dividing sovereignists instead of uniting them.”[6]


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  2. ^ "Jean-Francois Fortin quits Bloc, says party no longer exists under new leader". CBC News. August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jean-François Fortin fonde un nouveau parti à Ottawa". Radio-Canada. October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bloc Quebec leadership race kicks off". CTV News. September 17, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Daniel Paille new leader of Bloc Quebecois". CBC News, December 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Bloc Québécois MP quits, cites issues with new party leader" (Montreal Gazette). August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 

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