Suzanne Tremblay

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Suzanne Tremblay
Member of the Canadian House of Commons
In office
1993–1997
Preceded by Monique Vézina
Succeeded by riding renamed
Constituency Rimouski—Témiscouata
In office
1997–2000
Succeeded by riding renamed
Constituency Rimouski—Mitis
In office
2000–2004
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Constituency Rimouski-Neigette-et-La Mitis
Personal details
Born January 24, 1937
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Bloc Québécois
Residence Le Bic, Quebec

Suzanne Tremblay (born January 24, 1937) is a politician from Quebec, Canada, who served as a Bloc Québécois member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1993 to 2004.

Born in Montreal, Tremblay received a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship to attend Tufts University in the United States, where she earned a Master's degree in pre-school education. She then completed a certificate in educational studies at the Université de Lyon and a certificate in child care studies at the University of London.

Tremblay was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1993 federal election for the riding of Rimouski—Témiscouata. She was re-elected in the 1997 election for the riding of Rimouski-Mitis and in the 2000 election for Rimouski-Neigette-et-La Mitis. She announced her intention not to run again in the 2004 federal election.

She was occasionally a controversial figure, once pointing out that Quebec Premier Jean Charest's first name was really "John" in an attempt to discredit him as a representative of the true Quebec;[1] the Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe distanced himself from this comment. Tremblay also made similar comments attacking Radio-Canada journalist Joyce Napier for not having a francophone name, and pop singer Céline Dion for purportedly turning her back on her Québécoise identity in her pursuit of pop stardom.[2]

Following Tremblay's announcement of her retirement from the House of Commons, Louise Thibault, a municipal councillor in Le Bic, became the Bloc Québécois candidate in the new riding of Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, and won the 2004 election. Tremblay ran in the resulting by-election to fill Thibault's municipal council seat, running primarily on a campaign of opposing the then-proposed amalgamation of Le Bic with Rimouski.[3] She lost narrowly to Pierre Garon, a local farmer and trucker who had not previously been active in politics.[3]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes
Bloc Québécois Suzanne Tremblay 19,759
Liberal Réal Marmen 9,795
Alliance Gerard Gosselin 1,280
Progressive Conservative Réal Blais 1,150
Natural Law Lyse Beauchemin 673
New Democratic René Lemieux 525


Canadian federal election, 1997: Rimouski—Mitis
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Bloc Québécois Suzanne Tremblay 17,282 47.00 $53,089
Liberal Réal Marmen 11,112 30.22 $47,800
     Progressive Conservative Jean Roy 7,901 21.49 $32,225
     New Democratic Party Elizabeth Clark 479 1.30 $0
Total valid votes 36,774 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,211
Turnout 37,985 68.24
Electors on the lists 55,665
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes
Bloc Québécois Suzanne Tremblay 23,118
Liberal André Reid 9,454
Progressive Conservative Jean Morin 4,622
Independent François-Michel Denis 598
Natural Law Gilles Roussel 400
New Democratic Alex En Hwa Ng 335

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Name-calling reaches a new low". Financial Post, May 28, 1997, pg. 14.
  2. ^ "Does Céline like poutine?" The Globe and Mail, April 13, 1999.
  3. ^ a b "Défaite surprise pour Suzanne Tremblay". Radio-Canada, October 24, 2004.

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