Independent candidates, 2008 Quebec provincial election
There were thirty independent candidates in the 2008 Quebec provincial election, none of whom were elected. This page has information about these candidates.
Brome-Missisquoi: Jacques-Antoine Normandin
Jacques-Antoine Normandin (born June 17, 1951) was an activist with the Bloc Québécois in Pierrefonds—Dollard before running for office himself. In the 2008 provincial election, he claimed to be exempt from paying taxes by virtue of having renounced his citizenship. He advocated a tax exemption for other "dissidents" and a common law bar to compete with the official Bar of Quebec. His agent was later fined for not filing an election expenses report. He received 173 votes (0.57%), finishing sixth against Liberal Party incumbent Pierre Paradis.
Jean-Lesage: José Breton
José Breton has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Université Laval (1985). He has run for the Quebec National Assembly four times as an independent candidate. By his own acknowledgement, he did not have any specific message to convey in the 1985 election. More recently, he has campaigned as an "anti-diet" candidate.
Describing himself as an activist against the "thinness industry," Breton argues that the threat of obesity has been greatly exaggerated in modern western societies. In 1998, he called for the provincial health system to eliminate medical consultations about obesity for aesthetic purposes. His slogan in 2008 was, "Les femmes au gros derrière sont les plus sexy."
|1985 provincial||Montmorency||Independent||513||1.44||5/7||Yves Séguin, Liberal|
|1998 provincial||Shefford||Independent||90||0.22||6/6||Bernard Brodeur, Liberal|
|2007 provincial||Jean-Lesage||Independent||131||0.38||6/8||Jean-François Gosselin, Action démocratique|
|2008 provincial||Jean-Lesage||Independent||316||1.13||5/5||André Drolet, Liberal|
Mille-Îles: Régent Millette
Régent Millette (born September 14, 1935) is a perennial candidate for public office, having run in twenty-five federal, provincial, and municipal elections since 2000. He was a candidate of the Parti démocratie chrétienne du Québec in the 2003 provincial election but has run as an independent in every other campaign. He was a member of the short-lived Parti république du Québec in 2007 but never actually ran under its banner.
Millette has a teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université de Montréal and has worked as a teacher. During the 2005 municipal election, he said that he felt a calling to serve the public and would take no salary if elected. He holds socially conservative views; during the 2003 Montreal gay pride parade, he was quoted as saying, "I love everybody but in the Bible they say there are many things that are against nature."
A candidate named Régent Millette ran for the Ralliement national in the 1966 Quebec election and received 96 votes (0.46%) for a fifth-place finish against incumbent Liberal cabinet minister Paul Gérin-Lajoie. This may have been the same person.
Millette is running again in the 2011 Canadian federal election.
|2000 federal||Laval East||Independent||255||0.44||8/9||Carole-Marie Allard, Liberal|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 9 April 2001||Mercier||Independent||27||0.16||9/9||Nathalie Rochefort, Liberal|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 1 October 2001||Blainville||Independent||97||0.43||6/6||Richard Legendre, Parti Québécois|
|2005 Laval municipal||Mayor of Laval||Independent||606||0.48||4/4||Gilles Vaillancourt, Parti PRO des Lavallois|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 15 April 2002||Anjou||Independent||72||0.44||5/5||Lise Thériault, Liberal|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 17 June 2002||Vimont||Independent||212||0.70||4/4||François Gaudreau, Action démocratique du Québec|
|2003 provincial||Mille-Îles||Parti démocratie chrétienne||113||0.28||5/5||Maurice Clermont, Liberal|
|2004 federal||Alfred-Pellan||Independent||89||0.17||7/7||Robert Carrier, Bloc Québécois|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 20 September 2004||Gouin||Independent||33||0.22||7/7||Nicolas Girard, Parti Québécois|
|2005 Laval municipal||Mayor of Laval||Independent||3,474||4.41||4/4||Gilles Vaillancourt, Parti PRO des Lavallois|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 12 December 2005||Outremont||Independent||28||0.21||7/7||Raymond Bachand, Liberal|
|2006 federal||Outremont||Independent||22||0.05||11/11||Jean Lapierre, Liberal|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 10 April 2006||Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques||Independent||28||0.21||7/7||Martin Lemay, Parti Québécois|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 14 August 2006||Pointe-aux-Trembles||Independent||52||0.41||8/8||André Boisclair, Parti Québécois|
|Canadian federal by-election, 27 November 2006||Repentigny||Independent||78||0.25||7/7||Raymond Gravel, Bloc Québécois|
|2007 provincial||Mille-Îles||Independent||96||0.23||6/6||Maurice Clermont, Liberal|
|Canadian federal by-election, 17 September 2007||Outremont||Independent||32||0.13||11/12||Thomas Mulcair, New Democratic Party|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 12 May 2008||Pointe-aux-Trembles||Independent||31||0.23||8/8||Nicole Léger, Parti Québécois|
|Canadian federal by-election, 8 September 2008||Westmount—Ville-Marie||Independent||-||-||-||election cancelled|
|2008 federal||Alfred-Pellan||Independent||259||0.49||6/6||Robert Carrier, Bloc Québécois|
|2008 provincial||Mille-Îles||Independent||44||0.13||7/7||Francine Charbonneau, Liberal|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 22 June 2009||Marguerite-Bourgeoys||Independent||41||0.38||8/8||Clément Gignac, Liberal|
|2009 Laval municipal||Mayor of Laval||Independent||682||0.70||4/5||Gilles Vaillancourt, Parti PRO des Lavallois|
|Quebec provincial by-election, 5 July 2010||Vachon||Independent||71||0.53||7/7||Martine Ouellet, Parti Québécois|
|2011 federal||Alfred-Pellan||Independent||245||0.45||6/6||Rosane Doré Lefebvre, New Democratic Party|
|Quebec provincial election, 4 September 2012||Mille-Îles||Independent||122||0,38||7/8||Francine Charbonneau, Liberal|
|2013 Laval municipal||Mayor of Laval||Independent|
- Le blog de Jacques-Antoine Normandin, accessed 11 December 2010.
- Alain Bérubé, "Jacques-Antoine Normandin, un dénonciateur farouche du «système»", cowansville.enregion.ca, 20 November 2008, accessed 11 December 2010; [http://farnham.enregion.ca/index.asp?s=detail_actualite&ID=5274 Stéphanie MacFarlane, "Bernard Normandin reconnu coupable d'avoir enfreint une loi électorale," farnham.enregion.ca, 29 September 2010, accessed 11 December 2010.
- José Breton, À propos du Candidat, José Breton, accessed 17 January 2010.
- Mario Fontaine, Mario Fontaine, "Dans Shefford, les organisations s'échangent des «amabilités» qui masquent les enjeux locaux," La Presse, 16 November 1988, A12.
- "Un candidat anti diète dans Shefford," Le Soleil, 12 November 1998, A12.
- "Le côté charmeur de José Breton...," Le Soleil, 26 November 2008, p. 9. He was forty-six years old at the time.
- José Breton, Mon programme électoral, accessed 17 January 2010.
- "Les dissidents auront le choix", Radio-Canada, 5 April 2007, accessed 3 April 2011.
- Canada Votes 2006: Candidates and Ridings: Outremont, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, accessed 6 April 2011.
- Michelle Lalonde, "Vaillancourt wins in a walkover: 5th term as mayor. Colourful challengers included 18-year-old, part-time actor," Montreal Gazette, 7 November 2005, A8.
- Ross Marowits, "Catholic Church hypocritical to attack same-sex marriage, say gay activists," Canadian Press, 3 August 2003, 18:36.