|Senator for Alma, Quebec|
September 6, 2012
|Appointed by||Stephen Harper|
|Born||October 13, 1949|
|Political party||Non-affiliated (2016-present)|
|Action démocratique du Québec (2003-2008)
Conservative Party of Canada (2012-2016)
From 1972 to 1994, she was a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 1994, she was appointed chief executive officer of the Société québécoise de développement de la main-d'oeuvre (SQDM) by the Parti Québécois government of Jacques Parizeau.
Bellemare ran as one of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) star candidates in the 2003 election. She finished third with 21% of the vote in the district of Blainville. PQ incumbent Richard Legendre won the election with 43% of the vote.
Conseil du patronat du Québec
After April 2007, Bellemare acted as an adviser to ADQ leader Mario Dumont concerning issues dealing with the economy. She ran as the party’s candidate to fill the seat vacated by former PQ leader André Boisclair in the Montreal-based district of Pointe-aux-Trembles. She finished third with 14% of the vote and lost the by-election held on May 12, 2008 against former PQ MNA Nicole Léger. Bellemare also ran as the party's candidate in the district of Bertrand in the general election of 2008. She finished third with 11% of the vote.
Bellemare was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2012 and sat as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada caucus until March 2016 when she resigned to sit as an Independent. In May 2016, she was appointed Deputy Government Representative to the Senate by Government Representative Peter Harder.
- "New Conservative senator warns EI reform will drive down wages". The Globe and Mail, September 7, 2012.
- Le CPQ remercie Diane Bellemare pour sa contribution à l’organisme, April 23, 2007
- L'ADQ s'effondre trois fois, Tommy Chouinard, La Presse, May 12, 2008
- Les favoris élus, Radio-Canada, May 12, 2008