François Lapointe (politician)

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François Lapointe
Shadow Minister for Small Business and Tourism
In office
April 19, 2012 – August 12, 2013
Leader Thomas Mulcair
Preceded by Raymond Côté
Succeeded by Glenn Thibeault
Member of Parliament for Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup
In office
Preceded by Bernard Généreux
Succeeded by Bernard Généreux
Personal details
Born (1971-03-26) March 26, 1971 (age 46)
L'Islet, Quebec
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence L'Islet-sur-Mer, Quebec

François Lapointe (born March 26, 1971) is a Canadian politician who served as MP for the electoral district of Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup. He was defeated in the 2015 election.

On the night of the 2011 election, Lapointe was initially declared unsuccessful in his riding, losing narrowly to incumbent MP Bernard Généreux. However, Lapointe was subsequently declared elected on May 5, 2011, after the riding's returning officer determined that 100 votes for Lapointe were reportedly allocated in error to the Green Party candidate in the initial tally.[1]

In the updated count, Lapointe won over Généreux by a margin of just five votes.[2] Following an automatic judicial recount,[1] Lapointe's victory was confirmed.[3]

Lapointe ran in a by-election in Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup in 2009, but finished a distant fourth.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Bernard Généreux 14,274 29.0%
Liberal Marie-Josée Normand 14,002 28.4%
New Democratic François Lapointe 11,918 24.2%
Bloc Québécois Louis Gagnon 7,939 16.1%
Green Chantal Breton 823 1.7%
Rhinoceros Bien Gras Gagné 287 0.6%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,243 100.0     $212,731.62
Total rejected ballots 777
Turnout 50,020
Eligible voters 78,489
These results were subject to a judicial recount,[4] and modified from the validated results in accordance with the Judge's rulings. The margin of Bernard Généreux over Marie-Josée Normand increased from 269 votes to 272 votes as a result of the recount.[5]
Source: Elections Canada[6][7]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic François Lapointe 17,285 36.4 -
Conservative Bernard Généreux 17,276 36.3 -
Bloc Québécois Nathalie Arsenault 9,550 20.1 -
Liberal Andrew Caddell 2,743 5.8 -
Green Lynette Tremblay 691 1.5 -
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,545 100.00%

Source: Elections Canada, 2011 General Election, Montmagny--L'Islet--Kamouraska--Rivière-du-Loup, Results certified by judicial recount

By-election on November 9, 2009

resignation of Paul Crête

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Généreux 12,162 42.7%
Bloc Québécois Nancy Gagnon 10,737 37.7%
Liberal Marcel Catellier 3,768 13.2%
New Democratic François Lapointe 1,363 4.8%
Green Charles Marois 472 1.7%
Total valid votes 28,502
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 28,502 36.6%


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