Bernard Dumont

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For the French Olympic fencer, see Bernard Dumont (fencer).

Bernard Dumont (January 15, 1927 - September 25, 1974) was a politician in Quebec, Canada. He was a member of the Canadian House of Commons[1] and a member of the National Assembly of Quebec.[2]

Dumont was born near Lévis, Quebec. He served as mayor of Saint-Vallier, Quebec from 1959 to 1962. He was first elected to Parliament under the Social Credit banner in the district of Bellechasse in the 1962 federal election, but was defeated by Liberal candidate Herman Laverdière the next year. He ran and lost as an independent in a 1964 by-election in the district of Dorchester. and in the 1965 election as a candidate of the Ralliement des créditistes in Bellechasse once again.

Dumont returned to Parliament as the member for Frontenac in the 1968 election. He resigned on April 6, 1970 to enter provincial politics. That year, he ran successfully as a candidate of the provincial Ralliement créditiste in the district of Mégantic.

During Dumont's time in the National Assembly, the Ralliement was plagued by internal divisions. Most of the Créditiste MNAs withdrew their support from leader Camil Samson and gathered under Armand Bois until a new leader was chosen at a convention; Dumont was one of three MNAs who remained loyal to Samson. Eventually, the Samson faction re-joined the party and Yvon Dupuis was chosen as leader. In the 1973 election, Dumont was defeated in the district of Frontenac.

Dumont ran once more for the federal Parliament as an independent in the district of Rivière-du-Loup—Témiscouata in the 1974 election and finished a distant fourth. He died later that year.

Like many other Créditistes, Dumont was a vocal opponent of abortion. During a 1969 debate on liberalizing Canada's abortion laws, he was quoted as saying, "As Christians we cannot accept the theory that life only begins at birth."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernard Dumont – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec. 
  3. ^ Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1969, p. 2.

See also[edit]

Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Noël Dorion (PC)
MP for Bellechasse
19621963
Succeeded by
Herman Laverdière (Liberal)
Preceded by
District created in 1966
MP for Frontenac
1968–1970
Succeeded by
Léopold Corriveau (Liberal)
National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Marc Bergeron (Union Nationale)
MNA for Mégantic
19701973
Succeeded by
District merged with Compton