Mario Beaulieu (politician)

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For the Progressive Conservative Senator, see Mario Beaulieu (Canadian senator).
Mario Beaulieu
Leader of the Bloc Québécois
Taking office
June 25, 2014
Succeeding Daniel Paillé
80th President of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal
In office
Preceded by Jean Dorion
Succeeded by Maxime Laporte
Personal details
Born 1959/1960 (age 54–55)
Sherbrooke, Quebec[1]
Political party Bloc Québécois,
Parti Québécois

Mario Beaulieu (born 1959/1960)[1] 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.[2][3]

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,[4][5] former Parti Québécois legislative members Bernard Landry and Pierre Curzi, and the former president of the Mouvement Desjardins, Claude Béland.[6] Beaulieu, viewed as a "hardline" sovereigntist, promised to prioritize achieving Quebec independence above everything else.[7] On June 14, 2014, he defeated BQ Member of Parliament André Bellavance for the Bloc leadership with 53.5% of the vote.[8] 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.[9]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1997: Papineau—Saint-Denis
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Pierre Pettigrew 26,260 53.90 $53,271
     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
     Marxist-Leninist Peter Macrisopoulos 481 0.99 $0
     N/A (Communist League) Michel Dugré 471 0.97 $270
Total valid votes 48,718 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,676
Turnout 50,394 75.55
Electors on the lists 66,706
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.