Jean-François Fortin (politician)

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Jean-François Fortin
Member of the Canadian House of Commons
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Jean-Yves Roy
Constituency Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
Personal details
Born (1973-09-12) September 12, 1973 (age 40)
Political party Bloc Québécois
Profession Professor

Jean-François Fortin (born September 12, 1973) is a Canadian politician. He is a Bloc Québécois MP in the House of Commons. He was elected to represent the riding of Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia in the 2011 federal election.

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.[1] He was defeated on the first ballot on December 11, 2011.[2]


  1. ^ "Bloc Quebec leadership race kicks off". CTV News. September 17, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Daniel Paille new leader of Bloc Quebecois". CBC News, December 11, 2011.

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