Mario Beaulieu (politician)
|Leader of the Bloc Québécois|
June 25, 2014
|80th President of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal|
|Preceded by||Jean Dorion|
|Succeeded by||Maxime Laporte|
|Born||1959/1960 (age 54–55)
|Political party||Bloc Québécois,
Mario Beaulieu (born 1959/1960) is a Quebecois nationalist and leader of the Bloc Québécois. He was the president of the sovereigntist Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste of Montreal from 2009 to 2014, and has been the spokesperson for the Mouvement Québec français, a coalition of organizations in favour of the preservation and defence of the French language in Quebec.
Bealieu was the president of the Parti Québécois's riding association in Montreal Centre from 1997 to 2002 and was an unsuccessful Bloc Québécois candidate in the 1997 federal election, losing to federal cabinet minister Pierre Pettigrew in Papineau—Saint-Denis. He has been a long-time advocate for strengthening measures requiring the predominance of the French language in Québec and for Quebec independence.
In April 2014, he declared his candidacy for the leadership of the Bloc Québécois and received the endorsement of the executive of the Bloc's youth wing, former Parti Québécois legislative members Bernard Landry and Pierre Curzi, and the former president of the Mouvement Desjardins, Claude Béland. Beaulieu, viewed as a "hardline" sovereigntist, promised to prioritize achieving Quebec independence above everything else. On June 14, 2014, he defeated BQ Member of Parliament André Bellavance for the Bloc leadership with 53.5% of the vote. Beaulieu took office as Bloc leader at the party's convention on June 25, 2014.
Shortly after his election, Beaulieu attracted controversy from within the party due to statements in his acceptance speech associated with the Front de libération du Québec and separate statements seemingly critical about the past leaders of the party, which drew criticism from former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe and resulted in two party members announcing their intentions to leave the party.
|Canadian federal election, 1997: Papineau—Saint-Denis|
|Bloc Québécois||Mario Beaulieu||14,083||28.91||$25,032|
|Progressive Conservative||Yannis Felemegos||6,227||12.78||$19,274|
|New Democratic Party||Gaby Kombé||1,196||2.45||$3,030|
|N/A (Communist League)||Michel Dugré||471||0.97||$270|
|Total valid votes||48,718||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||1,676|
|Electors on the lists||66,706|
|Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.|
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