|Royal N. Galipeau
Member of Parliament
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
23 January 2006
|Preceded by||Marc Godbout|
January 5, 1947 |
|Children||Louis, Paul, Claude & Mimi|
|Profession||Advisor, businessman, corporate director|
Royal Galipeau (born January 5, 1947 in St-Isidore, Ontario) is a Member of Parliament for the Ottawa—Orléans federal constituency. He was the successful Conservative Party candidate in the Canadian federal elections of 2006 and 2008. He was one of the Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons, and served two terms as a director of TVOntario during which he became one of the founders of TFO.
City Councillor 
In 1982, he was elected to Gloucester City Council, unseating an incumbent. On city council, he helped introduce equal opportunity hiring policies and unsuccessfully pushed to replace the term "alderman" with a gender-neutral term. In 1985, he ran for mayor of Gloucester, finishing third behind fellow councillor Harry Allen and interim mayor Mitch Owens.
Community involvement 
Galipeau was appointed in 2001 by the Council of the newly amalgamated city of Ottawa as Trustee of the Ottawa Public Library, where he helped introduce content-filtered Internet access to city public libraries to protect from Internet pornography on library computers. In 2004, he was the only Trustee of the previous term to be reappointed by City Council. He was twice elected as vice-chair of the Board.
Furthermore, he served on the Ottawa-Carleton Regional District Health Council, helping prepare a policy for the delivery of minority language health services. In 2005, Galipeau was involved in the East-West Light Rail Transit Corridor Environmental Assessment Committee, studying implementation of a rapid transit system across Ottawa.
One of the less known contributions by Galipeau is the addition of a stone block under the arm of a statue of the Famous Five, located on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. When asked about this stone, he stated he was concerned for the safety of tourists, who might walk into the outstretched arm after dark.
Federal politics 
Galipeau was long a Liberal and served as campaign manager for the unsuccessful Liberal candidate in Carleton in the 1995 Ontario provincial election and as assistant to MP Mauril Belanger and Eugene Bellemare. However, in May 2005, he decided to run for the Conservatives. The riding of Ottawa—Orléans was a Conservative target. In the 2004 federal election, Walter Robinson, the high profile head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, failed to capture the seat, losing to Liberal newcomer Marc Godbout by 2,800 votes. He is now the first Conservative Member of Parliament to be re-elected in Ottawa-Orleans in 136 years.
On January 23, 2006, Galipeau was elected to the House of Commons with a margin of 1,231 votes over his closest opponent. He also received 1,800 more votes than the Conservative candidate had won in the previous general election. Galipeau was re-elected on October 14, 2008, this time increasing his vote total and defeating his closest opponent by almost 4000 votes.
Electoral history 
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Martine Cenatus||9,086||14.16||+4.06||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||64,158||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||235||0.36||–|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Amy O'Dell||6,025||9.9||-5.19|
|Total rejected ballots||305||0.5%|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Mark Leahy||9,354||15.09|
|Total rejected ballots||238||0.38%|
|Parliament of Canada|
Marc Godbout, Liberal
|Member of Parliament from Ottawa—Orléans
Marcel Proulx, Liberal
|House of Commons Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole House
Denise Savoie, NDP