|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Gouin|
September 4, 2012 – January 19, 2017
|Preceded by||Nicolas Girard|
|Succeeded by||Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois|
January 13, 1948|
|Political party||Québec solidaire|
Pierre David (brother)|
Thérèse David (sister)
Anne-Marie David (sister)
Hélène David (sister)
Charles-Philippe David (brother)
Françoise David, CQ (born January 13, 1948) is a former spokesperson of Québec solidaire – a left-wing, feminist and sovereigntist political party in the province of Quebec, Canada. She was elected to serve as the Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Gouin in the 2012 Quebec election, and then again in the 2014 Quebec election. Quebec Solidaire was born from the merger of Option Citoyenne with l'Union des Forces Progressistes. She is the author of the book/manifesto Bien commun recherché – une option citoyenne (over 7,000 copies sold in Quebec) which attempts to combine the concepts of "common good", social justice, ecology and economic democracy into a coherent political doctrine. On January 19, 2017, Françoise David announced her immediate retirement as both party spokesperson and as a Member of the National Assembly due to her health.
In 1987, Françoise David became coordinator for the Regroupement des centres de femmes du Québec. Seven years later, she was named president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ). In this capacity, she ensured that women's issues, including poverty and violence against women, remained at the forefront in Canada. She is the daughter of cardiologist Paul David. She is also the sister of political science professor and director of Raould Dandurand Chair, Charles-Philippe David.
Two of her best-recognised public successes have been the 1995 Women's March against Poverty and the 2000 World March of Women against Poverty and Violence.
In addition to her work experience, Françoise David is a member of numerous community organizations. In January 2000, she participated in the non-governmental observation mission to Iraq, and in December 2001 she traveled to Mali with the Canadian University Service Overseas.
In 1999, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
David ran in the riding of Gouin in central Montreal in the 2007 Quebec election, finishing second to the PQ incumbent Nicolas Girard. David received 7913 votes, amounting to 26% of the vote in her riding, behind Girard's 11,318 votes (37%). Quebec Solidaire received 3.7% of the vote provincewide.
David ran in Gouin a second time in the 2008 Quebec election, receiving 7987 votes, or approximately 32% of the total, but again losing out to Girard, who received 10,276 votes (41%). Quebec Solidaire received 3.8% of the vote provincewide and David's co-leader Amir Khadir won the party's first seat in the National Assembly of Quebec in the neighbouring riding of Mercier.
Her younger sister, Dr. Hélène David, was elected as a Liberal MNA for the provincial riding of Outremont in the 2014 Quebec election. Dr. Hélène David holds a PhD in psychology, and since 1984 she was an instructor and vice-rector at the University. From 2008 to 2010 she was Assistant Deputy Minister for higher education in the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation & Sport under Premier Jean Charest. When asked if her sister Françoise tried to persuade her to join Québec solidaire, Hélène said that the two have “known for a long time that we're not necessarily from the same political family.” Unlike Françoise, Hélène is a federalist.
Françoise David is married to François Larose, with whom she had one child.
|Quebec general election, 2014: Gouin|
|Québec solidaire||Françoise David||16,155||50.98||+4.95|
|Parti Québécois||Louise Mailloux||6,438||20.31||-12.17|
|Coalition Avenir Québec||Paul Franche||2,748||8.67||+0.60|
|Option nationale||Olivier Lacelle||358||1.13||–|
|Parti nul||Marc Boulanger||351||1.11||–|
|Total valid votes||31,692||98.80||–|
|Total rejected ballots||385||1.20||–|
|Electors on the lists||43,831||–||–|
|Québec solidaire hold||Swing||+8.56|
|Quebec general election, 2012: Gouin|
|Québec solidaire||Françoise David||15,483||46.03||+14.18|
|Parti Québécois||Nicolas Girard||10,927||32.48||-8.70|
|Coalition Avenir Québec||Bernard Labadie||2,713||8.07||+4.48*|
|Unité Nationale||Gilles Guibord||143||0.43||–|
|Total valid votes||33,638||99.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||339||1.00||–|
|Electors on the lists||43,608||–||–|
|Québec solidaire gain from Parti Québécois||Swing||+11.44|
|Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.|
* Result compared to Action démocratique
|Quebec general election, 2008: Gouin|
|Parti Québécois||Nicolas Girard||10,276||41.18||+3.93|
|Québec solidaire||Françoise David||7,947||31.85||+5.82|
|Action démocratique||Caroline Giroux||895||3.59||-8.06|
|Parti indépendantiste||Jonathan Godin||110||0.44||–|
|Total valid votes||24,953||98.73||–|
|Total rejected ballots||321||1.27||–|
|Electors on the lists||43,554||–||–|
|Quebec general election, 2007: Gouin|
|Parti Québécois||Nicolas Girard||11,318||37.25||-20.53|
|Québec solidaire||Françoise David||7,910||26.03||+18.06*|
|Action démocratique||Jean-Philip Ruel||3,540||11.65||+6.65|
|Bloc Pot||Hugô St-Onge||147||0.48||-0.51|
|Total valid votes||30,386||99.08||–|
|Total rejected ballots||281||0.92||–|
|Electors on the lists||43,752||–||–|
* Result compared to UFP
- Press, The Canadian (January 19, 2017). "Quebec solidaire's Francoise David quits politics immediately". Maclean's. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
- David, Charles-Philippe. "Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques". Université du Québec à Montréal. Université du Québec à Montréal. Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- "Manon Masse officially wins seat for Quebec solidaire". CTV Montreal News. April 11, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- "Françoise David's sister Hélène to run for Liberals". CTV Montreal. March 2, 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- Muise, Monique (March 3, 2014). "Hélène David to run for Liberals". The Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "Hélène David's Mandate and Biography". Université de Montréal. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "Conjoints de chefs: unis en campagne comme dans la vie - Stéphanie Vallet - Élections Québec 2012".
Media related to Françoise David at Wikimedia Commons