Denis Lebel

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The Honourable
Denis Lebel
PC MP
Portrait - signature.jpg
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
November 18, 2015 – July 20, 2017
Leader Rona Ambrose (interim)
Andrew Scheer
Preceded by Peter MacKay
Succeeded by Lisa Raitt
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lac-Saint-Jean
In office
October 19, 2015 – August 9, 2017
Preceded by Riding established
Succeeded by Vacant
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean
In office
September 17, 2007 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Michel Gauthier
Succeeded by Riding dissolved
Mayor of Roberval
In office
2000–2007
Preceded by Claude Munger
Succeeded by Michel Larouche
Personal details
Born (1954-05-26) May 26, 1954 (age 63)
Roberval, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative (2007–present)
Other political
affiliations
Bloc Québécois (1993-2001)
Spouse(s) Danielle Girard
Residence Roberval, Quebec
Profession hotel manager, restaurateur
Cabinet Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs

Denis Lebel, PC, MP (born May 26, 1954) is a Canadian federal politician and former mayor of Roberval, Quebec and former Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition. Lebel was born in Roberval, Quebec.

Lebel was elected to the House of Commons of Canada on September 17, 2007, in the Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean by-election, as a member of the Conservative Party.[1]

On October 30, 2008, he was appointed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet as Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.[2] After the 2011 election, Lebel was promoted to Minister of Transport.[3] He was shuffled out of the post in July 2013, shortly after the Lac-Megantic train disaster.[4][5]

He was also the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and served as the Harper Government's Quebec lieutenant.[6]

In the 2015 election, Lebel was re-elected in the new Lac-Saint-Jean riding.[7][8]

After the election, he and fellow MP Michelle Rempel proposed to become joint interim leaders of the party but ultimately lost to Rona Ambrose.[9]

On November 18, 2015 he was named Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party[10] and thus Deputy Opposition Leader.

Lebel announced on June 19, 2017 that he will be stepping down as an MP in the following weeks, before the House of Commons resumes sitting in the fall.[11]

The Montreal Gazette reported on June 20, 2017 that Lebel is to be appointed as the CEO of Québec Forest Industry Council.[12] It has also been reported that Quebec Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard is interested in recruiting Lebel to run for the Liberals in the next Quebec general election, expected in 2018.[13]

Electoral history[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Lac-Saint-Jean
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Denis Lebel 18,393 33.27 -8.99
New Democratic Gisèle Dallaire 15,735 28.46 -3.68
Liberal Sabin Simard 10,193 18.44 +15.19
Bloc Québécois Sabin Gaudreault 10,152 18.37 -2.63
Green Laurence Requilé 806 1.46 +0.12
Total valid votes/Expense limit 55,279 100.0   $278,464.25
Total rejected ballots 925
Turnout 56,204
Eligible voters 85,337
Source: Elections Canada[14][15]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Denis Lebel 18,438 45.68 +2.14 $99,662
New Democratic Yvon Guay 11,182 27.70 +22.99 $1,983
Bloc Québécois Claude Pilote 8,577 21.25 -18.40 $70,809
Liberal Bernard Garneau 1,615 4.00 -6.09 $5,913
Green Steeve Simard 553 1.37 -0.63
Total valid votes/Expense limit 40,365 100.00   $102,172
Total rejected ballots 494 1.21 +0.04
Turnout 40,859 64.42 +5.43
Canadian federal election, 2008: Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Denis Lebel 16,055 43.54 -16.14 $88,243
Bloc Québécois Claude Pilote 14,619 39.65 +12.89 $79,101
Liberal Bernard Garneau 3,721 10.09 +0.54 $9,041
New Democratic Catherine Forbes 1,738 4.71 +2.40
Green Jocelyn Tremblay 737 2.00 +0.29
Total valid votes/Expense limit 36,870 100.00   $98,690
Total rejected ballots 437 1.17
Turnout 37,307 58.99
Conservative hold Swing -14.18
Canadian federal by-election, September 17, 2007: Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Denis Lebel 17,463 59.68 +22.50 $95,449
Bloc Québécois Céline Houde 7,830 26.76 -18.44 $93,915
Liberal Louise Boulanger 2,795 9.55 +1.80 $51,293
New Democratic Éric Dubois 675 2.31 -3.22 $3,123
Green Jean-Luc Boily 499 1.71 -2.63
Total valid votes/Expense limit 29,262 100.00   $95,677
Total rejected ballots 265 0.90
Turnout 29,527 46.83
Conservative gain from Bloc Québécois Swing +20.23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liberals shut out in Quebec byelections". CBC News. September 17, 2007. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Quebec gets lost in the shuffle". The Globe and Mail. October 30, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "New faces, but stability key in Harper cabinet shuffle". CBC News. May 18, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Harper cabinet shuffle: 8 new ministers named". Toronto Star. July 15, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Martin, Pierre (July 18, 2013). "Lac-Mégantic disaster: Political winners and losers". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Harper's Quebec hopes rooted in newly promoted duo". The Globe and Mail. July 16, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Conservative incumbent Denis Lebel keeps Lac-Saint-Jean". Global News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Who's in and who's out: election night big wins and losses". CBC News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Here’s something new: Rempel and Lebel want to be co-leaders of the Tories". David Akin's On the Hill. October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Denis Lebel devient chef adjoint du Parti conservateur". Radio-Canada. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Longtime Conservative MP Denis Lebel quitting politics - 570 NEWS". June 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/denis-lebel-to-head-quebecs-forest-industry-council
  13. ^ "Departure of former Conservative minister Denis Lebel sets up intriguing Quebec byelection: Hébert - Toronto Star". thestar.com. 
  14. ^ "Voter Information Service - Who are the candidates in my electoral district?". www.elections.ca. 
  15. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Chuck Strahl Minister of Transport
2011–2013
Lisa Raitt
Peter Penashue Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
2013–2015
Justin Trudeau
Jean-Pierre Blackburn Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
2008–2015
styled as Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)
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