Royal Galipeau

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Royal N. Galipeau
Member of Parliament
Royal Galipeau.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Ottawa—Orléans
Assumed office
23 January 2006
Preceded by Marc Godbout
Personal details
Born (1947-01-05) January 5, 1947 (age 68)
St-Isidore, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Anne Pallascio
Children Louis, Paul, Claude & Mimi
Residence Ottawa
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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Royal Galipeau 28,584 44.55 -0.29
Liberal David Bertschi 24,649 38.42 -0.32
New Democratic Martine Cenatus 9,086 14.16 +4.06
Green Paul Maillet 1,839 2.87 -3.45
Total valid votes/Expense limit 64,158 100.00
Total rejected ballots 235 0.36
Turnout 64,393 72.76
Eligible voters 88,502
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Royal Galipeau 27,244 44.9 +3.84
Liberal Marc Godbout 23,549 38.8 -0.27
New Democratic Amy O'Dell 6,025 9.9 -5.19
Green Paul Maillet 3,845 6.3 +2.47
Total rejected ballots 305 0.5%
Turnout 60,968 72.3% -2.77
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Royal Galipeau 25,455 41.06
Liberal Marc Godbout 24,224 39.07
New Democratic Mark Leahy 9,354 15.09
Green Sarah Samplonius 2,377 3.83
Independent Alain Saint-Yves 578 0.93
Total rejected ballots 238 0.38%
Turnout 62,226 75.07%
Gloucester, Ontario mayoral election, 1985 Votes %
Harry Allen 7,390 37.97
Mitch Owens (X) 6,257 32.15
Royal Galipeau 5,814 29.88


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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Marc Godbout, Liberal
Member of Parliament from Ottawa—Orléans
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Marcel Proulx, Liberal
House of Commons Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole House
Succeeded by
Denise Savoie, NDP