Marc Bellemare

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Marc Bellemare (born 3 May 1956) is a lawyer and politician from Quebec.

Background[edit]

He was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, studied Law at the Université de Montréal and was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1979.

Provincial politics[edit]

Bellemare ran as a star candidate with the Liberal Party in the Quebec election of 2003. He was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec and represented the district of Vanier.

He was appointed to Premier Jean Charest's Cabinet on April 29, 2003 and served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Bellemare pushed for harsher sentences for organized crime. He was criticized several times by Justice Fraser Martin for the way he handled a juvenile prostitution case which took place in Quebec City and involved talk show host Robert Gillet.[1]

For several years, Bellemare has been a strong advocate of abolishing Quebec's car insurance law.[2] He tried to convince his colleagues to abolish the provincial no fault car insurance plan that had been established in 1978. The Liberals, who had made the proposed change part of their platform, soon abandoned the idea.[3] Disappointed, Bellemare resigned from his cabinet post on April 27, 2004 and relinquished his seat the next day, lasting less than a year in office.

Mayoral candidate[edit]

After months of rumors, Bellemare announced that he would be candidate for Mayor of Quebec City. His announcement was made on March 11, 2004. He also founded a political party, Vision Quebec, which was registered on February 22, 2005. Bellemare ended up finishing a distant third. (See Quebec municipal elections, 2005)

An early mayoral election was called in 2007, after the death of incumbent Mayor Andrée Boucher. Bellemare ran and finished a distant third again.[4] He resigned as party leader on December 26, 2007.[5] In 2008, Bellemare unsuccessfully petitioned the Papal Nuncio to Canada for an eventual visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Quebec City.[6] Nonetheless, Bellemare was still listed as party leader on the Quebec Chief Election Officer's web site as of June 2008.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Le juge Martin critique à nouveau le procureur général Marc Bellemare, Le Journal de Montréal, February 6, 2004
  2. ^ Desjardins, François (March 1, 2008). "Droit de poursuite: un débat sans fin". Le Devoir. 
  3. ^ Chouinard, Tommy (January 24, 2004). "No fault: Québec imposera une limite". Le Devoir. 
  4. ^ "Marc Bellemare revient à la charge". Radio-Canada. November 7, 2007. 
  5. ^ Otis, Martin (December 31, 2007). "Fin de l’épisode municipal pour Marc Bellemare". Québec urbain. 
  6. ^ Bégin, Nicolas (January 25, 2008). "Le pape ferme la dernière porte". Québec Hebdo. 

External links[edit]

National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Diane Barbeau (PQ)
MNA, District of Vanier
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Sylvain Légaré (ADQ)
Party political offices
Preceded by
None
Leader of Vision Quebec
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Jean-Paul Gravel
(Interim Leader)