Françoise David

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Françoise David
Françoise David 2012-08-24 B.jpg
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Gouin
In office
September 4, 2012 – January 19, 2017
Preceded by Nicolas Girard
Succeeded by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois
Personal details
Born (1948-01-13) January 13, 1948 (age 70)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Québec solidaire
Spouse(s) François Larose
Parents Paul David
Nellie Maillard
Relatives Pierre David (brother)
Thérèse David (sister)
Anne-Marie David (sister)
Hélène David (sister)
Charles-Philippe David (brother)
Residence Montreal, Quebec

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.[1]


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.[2]

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.

In the 2012 Quebec election, David was elected for the first time. She was re-elected in 2014, her party winning the most seats in its history.[3]

Her younger sister, Dr. Hélène David, was elected as a Liberal MNA for the provincial riding of Outremont in the 2014 Quebec election.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.[4][5]

Françoise David is married to François Larose, with whom she had one child.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

Quebec general election, 2014: Gouin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Québec solidaire Françoise David 16,155 50.98 +4.95
Parti Québécois Louise Mailloux 6,438 20.31 -12.17
Liberal Cheraquie Auguste-Constant 5,642 17.80 +6.13
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
Turnout 32,077 73.18 -4.73
Electors on the lists 43,831
Québec solidaire hold Swing +8.56
Source: [1].
Quebec general election, 2012: Gouin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Québec solidaire Françoise David 15,483 46.03 +14.18
Parti Québécois Nicolas Girard 10,927 32.48 -8.70
Liberal Anson Duran 3,924 11.67 -8.26
Coalition Avenir Québec Bernard Labadie 2,713 8.07 +4.48*
Green Sameer Muldeen 448 1.33 -1.89
Unité Nationale Gilles Guibord 143 0.43
Total valid votes 33,638 99.00
Total rejected ballots 339 1.00
Turnout 33,977 77.91 +19.88
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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parti Québécois Nicolas Girard 10,276 41.18 +3.93
Québec solidaire Françoise David 7,947 31.85 +5.82
Liberal Edith Keays 4,972 19.93 +1.46
Action démocratique Caroline Giroux 895 3.59 -8.06
Green Stephan Merchant 753 3.02 -2.74
Parti indépendantiste Jonathan Godin 110 0.44
Total valid votes 24,953 98.73
Total rejected ballots 321 1.27
Turnout 25,274 58.03 -12.06
Electors on the lists 43,554
Quebec general election, 2007: Gouin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parti Québécois Nicolas Girard 11,318 37.25 -20.53
Québec solidaire Françoise David 7,910 26.03 +18.06*
Liberal Nathalie Rivard 5,612 18.47 -5.85
Action démocratique Jean-Philip Ruel 3,540 11.65 +6.65
Green Yohan Tremblay 1,750 5.76 +2.04
Bloc Pot Hugô St-Onge 147 0.48 -0.51
Independent Jocelyne Leduc 109 0.36
Total valid votes 30,386 99.08
Total rejected ballots 281 0.92
Turnout 30,667 70.09 +35.63
Electors on the lists 43,752

* Result compared to UFP


  1. ^ Press, The Canadian (January 19, 2017). "Quebec solidaire's Francoise David quits politics immediately". Maclean's. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Manon Masse officially wins seat for Quebec solidaire". CTV Montreal News. April 11, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Françoise David's sister Hélène to run for Liberals". CTV Montreal. March 2, 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b 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. 
  6. ^ "Hélène David's Mandate and Biography". Université de Montréal. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Conjoints de chefs: unis en campagne comme dans la vie - Stéphanie Vallet - Élections Québec 2012". 

External links[edit]

Media related to Françoise David at Wikimedia Commons