Kevin Lamoureux

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Kevin Lamoureux
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Winnipeg North
Assumed office
November 29, 2010
Preceded by Judy Wasylycia-Leis
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
In office
Preceded by Don Scott
Succeeded by Becky Barrett
Constituency Inkster
In office
2003 – November 1, 2010
Preceded by Becky Barrett
Succeeded by District abolished
Personal details
Born (1962-01-22) January 22, 1962 (age 53)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Liberal
Residence Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kevin Lamoureux, MP (born January 22, 1962) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. On November 29, 2010, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the constituency of Winnipeg North in a by-election. He was re-elected during the 2011 election by 44 votes.[1] Lamoureux had previously served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1988 to 1999 and from 2003 to 2010, and he twice sought the leadership of the Manitoba Liberal Party. He serves in the House of Commons as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.


Lamoureux was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was educated at the University of Winnipeg. He worked as a store manager and air traffic control assistant, also serving in the armed forces for three years.[2] His younger brother Darrin Lamoureux is the current leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party.[3]

Member of the Manitoba Legislature[edit]

Lamoureux first ran for the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 1986 election in the north end Winnipeg division of Logan. The Liberal Party did not have a strong provincial organization in this campaign, and Lamoureux finished a distant third against New Democrat Maureen Hemphill.

The Manitoba Liberal Party saw its popularity increase between 1986 and 1988, as many centre-left voters abandoned the New Democratic Party (NDP) government of Howard Pawley. In the 1988 election, the Liberals jumped from one seat to twenty and became the dominant party in both north and south Winnipeg. Lamoureux scored a narrow victory over NDP incumbent Don Scott in the north end division of Inkster and entered the legislature as a member of the Official Opposition.

The Liberal Party fell back to seven seats in the 1990 provincial election, finished third place behind a resurgent New Democratic Party. Lamoureux, however, was re-elected in Inkster with an increased margin of victory.

Leadership campaigns

Lamoureux ran for the Manitoba Liberal Party's leadership in 1993 after the resignation of Sharon Carstairs. He was seen as an "anti-establishment" candidate in this contest, representing north end Winnipeg communities against a party establishment dominated by south end Winnipeg interests. He lost to Paul Edwards.

The Liberals were leading in the polls before the 1995 provincial election, but their support base collapsed during the campaign and the party won only three seats. Lamoureux again increased his majority in Inkster, while Edwards was defeated in St. James.

Edwards announced his resignation in late 1995, and Lamoureux again stood for the party leadership. He was again regarded as an "anti-establishment" candidate, this time facing Ginny Hasselfield who was supported by the party's leadership. This contest was very divisive, and its ending was controversial. All party members were able to cast a ballot, and the results were "weighted" by constituency. It is generally acknowledged that Lamoureux received a greater number of total party membership votes than Hasselfield. Because his support was concentrated in north Winnipeg, however, Hasselfield won the weighted vote by 21 points.

Defeat and return

The divisions in the Manitoba Liberal Party continued after the leadership contest. Following the 1997 Canadian federal election, Lamoureux and Gary Kowalski announced that they could no longer support Hasselfield's leadership and would sit as "Independent Liberals". This decision left Neil Gaudry as the party's only official member of the legislature. Facing increased pressure, Hasselfield agreed to resign as party leader in early 1998. Jon Gerrard was elected as her successor, and Lamoureux and Kowalski rejoined the party caucus.

The Liberal Party entered the 1999 provincial election in a weakened state, damaged by the divisions of the previous years. The election itself became polarized between the governing Progressive Conservatives and the opposition New Democratic Party, and the Liberal Party's support fell significantly. Although still personally popular, Lamoureux was narrowly defeated by New Democrat Becky Barrett.

Lamoureux ran as a Liberal Party candidate in Winnipeg Centre in the 2000 Canadian federal election. He finished second to New Democratic Party (NDP) incumbent Pat Martin.[4]

Becky Barrett did not seek re-election in 2003, and Lamoureux was again elected to the legislature for Inkster.[5] The only other Liberal to win election in this campaign was Jon Gerrard. Both Lamoureux and Gerrard were re-elected in the 2007 election, but the party did not make any further gains.[6]

Member of the Canadian House of Commons[edit]

Lamoureux resigned his provincial seat in 2010 to seek election to the Canadian House of Commons[7] in a by-election that was held to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis, who stepped down to run for mayor. He was elected over NDP candidate Kevin Chief,[8] and was re-elected in the 2011 federal election a few months later by a margin of just 44 votes over NDP candidate Rebecca Blaikie.[1]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Kevin Lamoureux[9] 9,097 35.77%
New Democratic Rebecca Blaikie 9,052 35.59%
Conservative Ann Matejicka 6,709 26.38%
Green John Harvie 458 1.80%
Communist Frank Komarniski 118 0.46%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 25,434 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 138
Turnout 25,572

By-election on November 29, 2010

resignation of Judy Wasylycia-Leis on April 30, 2010

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Kevin Lamoureux 7,306 46.3
New Democratic Kevin Chief 6,508 41.2
Conservative Julie Javier 1,645 10.4
Green John Harvie 115 0.7
Pirate Jeff Coleman 93 0.6
Communist Frank Komarniski 71 0.4
Christian Heritage Eric Truijen 45 0.3
Total valid votes 15,783
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 30.8

Manitoba general election, 2003: Inkster
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Kevin Lamoureux 3,671 53.39 +10.75 $27,970.42
     New Democratic Party Mario Santos 2,851 41.46 −2.99 $21,230.80
     Progressive Conservative Michael T. Ledarney 251 3.65 −9.26 $10.69
Green Mario Ducusin 103 1.50 +1.50 $174.48
Total valid votes 6,876 98.86
Rejected and declined votes 79
Turnout 6,955 61.36 −10.91
Electors on the lists 11,335


Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Pat Martin 11,263 41.3% +0.4%
Liberal Kevin Lamoureux 9,310 34.1% -2.7%
Alliance Reg Smith 3,975 14.6% +3.0%
Progressive Conservative Michel Allard 1,915 7.0% -2.1%
Green Mikel Magnusson 698 2.6%
Communist Harold Dyck 134 0.5%
Total valid votes 27,295 100.0%

Manitoba general election, 1999: Inkster
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     New Democratic Party Becky Barrett 3,501 44.45 $22,767.00
Liberal Kevin Lamoureux 3,358 42.64 $23,318.00
     Progressive Conservative George (Gurjant) Sandhu 1,017 12.91 $27,661.71
Total valid votes 7,876 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 50
Turnout 7,926 72.27
Electors on the lists 10,967


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