Réal Ménard

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Réal Ménard
Member of Parliament
for Hochelaga—Maisonneuve
In office
1993–2004
Preceded by Allan Koury
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Member of Parliament
for Hochelaga
In office
2004–2009
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Daniel Paillé
Borough Mayor of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Montreal City Councillor
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded by Lyn Thériault
Personal details
Born (1962-05-13) May 13, 1962 (age 52)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Bloc Québécois
Residence Montreal
Profession Political scientist

Réal Ménard (born May 13, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian politician, who was a Bloc Québécois member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1993 to 2009. He was the second Canadian Member of Parliament to come out as gay (the first being Svend Robinson).[1]

Ménard is a political scientist with B.A. and M.A. degrees and also holds his law degree from the University of Ottawa.

Federal politics[edit]

He first stood for federal office in the 1984 federal election as candidate for the small Parti nationaliste du Québec in Hochelaga–Maisonneuve. Defeated in this first try, he contested the riding in the 1993 election for the new and larger Bloc Québécois. He was elected, and re-elected in the riding in the 1997 and 2000 elections. Following redistricting, he was re-elected in the new riding of Hochelaga in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 federal elections.

Early in his parliamentary career, he served variously as Bloc critic for Health, for science, research and development, for Labour, for National Defence, and for the Federal Office of Regional Development-Quebec. From 1998 to June 29, 1999, he was critic for Citizenship and Immigration and for public housing.

The next day, he again became critic for health, in which capacity he has served since. During three sessions, Ménard has been vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Health. On September 14, 2001, he took on additional critic responsibility for the Montreal region.

In March 2006 he was shuffled from the health critic position to become the Bloc Québécois justice critic.

Municipal politics[edit]

In June 2009, Ménard announced that he was resigning from the House of Commons, effective September 16, in order to run as a Vision Montreal candidate for borough mayor of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in Montreal's 2009 municipal election.[2] Prior to his first election to the House of Commons, he was a political assistant to Louise Harel, Vision Montreal's 2009 candidate for Mayor of Montreal, when she was a provincial MNA.[3]

He won election to the borough mayoralty on November 1, 2009.[4]

Electoral record (incomplete)[edit]

Municipal
2009 Montreal municipal election results: Borough Mayor, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Federal
Canadian federal election, 2008: Hochelaga
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 22,720 49.73 -5.85 $28,893
Liberal Diane Dicaire 9,442 20.67 +3.43 not listed
     New Democratic Party Jean-Claude Rocheleau 6,600 14.45 +5.54 $21,479
     Conservative Luc Labbé 4,201 9.20 -3.01 $8,586
Green Philippe Larochelle 1,946 4.26 -0.60 not listed
neorhino.ca Simon Landry 230 0.50 not listed
     Communist Marianne Breton Fontaine 184 0.40 $898
Marijuana Blair T. Longley 183 0.40 -0.32 not listed
     Marxist-Leninist Christine Dandenault 177 0.39 -0.09 not listed
Total valid votes 45,683 100.00
Total rejected ballots 644
Turnout 46,327 58.24 -0.07
Electors on the lists 79,542
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2006: Hochelaga
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 25,570 55.58 -4.54 $25,836
Liberal Vicky Harvey 7,932 17.24 -8.39 $10,318
     Conservative Audrey Castonguay 5,617 12.21 +8.15 $30,705
     New Democratic Party David-Roger Gagnon 4,101 8.91 +3.42 $2,780
Green Rolf Bramann 2,235 4.86 +1.88 none listed
Marijuana Blair T. Longley 332 0.72 -0.33 none listed
     Marxist-Leninist Christine Dandenault 220 0.48 +0.23 none listed
Total valid votes 46,007 100.00
Total rejected ballots 723
Turnout 46,730 58.31 +0.52
Electors on the lists 80,142
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2004: Hochelaga
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 27,476 60.12 +9.60 $35,055
Liberal Benoit Bouvier 11,712 25.63 -10.06 $22,566
     New Democratic Party David Gagnon 2,510 5.49 +3.55 $695
     Conservative Mario Bernier 1,856 4.06 -3.33 $2,131
Green Rolf Bramann 1,361 2.98 $963
Marijuana Antoine Théorêt-Poupart 482 1.05 none listed
     Communist Pierre Bibeau 190 0.42 $647
     Marxist-Leninist Christine Dandenault 112 0.25 none listed
Total valid votes 45,699 100.00
Total rejected ballots 936
Turnout 46,635 57.79
Electors on the lists 80,702
Percentage change figures are factored for redistribution. Conservative Party percentages are contrasted with the combined Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative figures from 2000. Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2000: Hochelaga—Maisonneuve
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 21,250 49.20 +3.18 $59,310
Liberal Louis Morena 16,143 37.38 +3.17 $52,743
     Progressive Conservative Benoit Harbec 1,751 4.05 -11.86 $497
     Canadian Alliance Stephanie Morency 1,502 3.48 $365
Marijuana Alex Néron 1,227 2.84 none listed
     New Democratic Party Milan Mirich 767 1.78 +0.05 none listed
     Marxist-Leninist Christine Dandenault 275 0.64 -0.29 $10
     Communist Pierre Bibeau 274 0.63 $187
Total valid votes 43,189 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,385
Turnout 44,574 58.69 -13.87
Electors on the lists 75,947
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 1997: Hochelaga—Maisonneuve
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 21,938 46.02 $51,213
Liberal Denise Malo 16,308 34.21 $32,101
     Progressive Conservative Charles Boudreault 7,583 15.91 $2,329
     New Democratic Party Milan Mirich 825 1.73 $0
     Natural Law Richard Lauzon 577 1.21 $0
     Marxist-Leninist Christine Dandenault 444 0.93 $142
Total valid votes 47,675 100.00
Total rejected ballots 2,188
Turnout 49,863 72.56
Electors on the lists 68,720
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 1993: Hochelaga—Maisonneuve
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Bloc Québécois Réal Ménard 26,170 61.37 $31,198
Liberal Jules Léger 10,675 25.03 $11,028
     Progressive Conservative Allan Koury 3,723 8.73 $43,692
     New Democratic Party Paul Vachon 1,050 2.46 $2,715
     Natural Law Richard Lauzon 588 1.38 $15
     Marxist-Leninist Christine Dandenault 259 0.61 $80
     Commonwealth Steve Bélanger 180 0.42 $0
Total valid votes 42,645 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,857
Turnout 44,502 74.24
Electors on the lists 59,945
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from the official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.

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