Jean-François Fortin (politician)
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|Member of the Canadian House of Commons|
May 30, 2011
|Preceded by||Jean-Yves Roy|
|Born||September 12, 1973|
|Political party||Bloc Québécois|
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.
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.
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. He was defeated on the first ballot on December 11, 2011.