|41st Mayor of Quebec City|
December 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Jacques Joli-Coeur (interim)|
May 2, 1956 |
|Political party||Équipe Labeaume|
Labeaume was elected on December 2, 2007 in a special election following the death of Andrée Boucher. He was elected with over 59 per cent of the popular vote, defeating candidate Ann Bourget who was the front-runner throughout most of the campaign until the final few days. She eventually ended second with 32% of the votes, followed by former Quebec Liberal Party Minister of Justice and lawyer Marc Bellemare. Labeaume obtained the support of key local figures including Marc Boucher, husband of the late Andrée Boucher, and former mayor Gilles Lamontagne.
Labeaume holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the Université Laval. Prior to being mayor, Labeaume was a local businessman and chair of the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship organisation since 2003 and worked primarily in the mining industry. In 2005, he made an attempt to be elected leader of the municipal political party Renouveau municipal de Québec but lost to 2007 candidate Claude Larose. He was previously the political adviser of former Communications Minister and former Parti Québécois MNA of the riding of Vanier, Jean-François Bertrand from 1980 to 1983. He also collaborated to two books on the Quebec mining industry and on small and medium enterprises.
Labeaume has told reporters that his mandate will be mostly centered on thorough changes in the city finances, continuing the work started by Andrée Boucher. He also mentioned his willingness to make the festivities related to the 400th anniversary of the city founded by Samuel de Champlain a success.
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