Francine Raynault

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Francine Raynault
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Joliette
In office
May 2, 2011 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Pierre Paquette
Succeeded by Gabriel Ste-Marie
Personal details
Born (1945-03-09) March 9, 1945 (age 72)
L'Assomption, Quebec
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Crabtree, Quebec
Occupation Entrepreneur, Real Estate Agent, Property Caretaker

Francine Raynault (born March 9, 1945) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 Canadian federal election. She represented the electoral district of Joliette as a member of the New Democratic Party. She did not run for re-election in 2015.

Raynault first ran for the riding of Joliette in 2008 and finished fourth, 22,462 votes behind Bloc Québécois incumbent Pierre Paquette. Indeed, she finished just a few hundred votes over the threshold for having her campaign expenses refunded. During the campaign for the 2011 election, Raynault gained the edge over Pierre Paquette as part of a provincewide surge in support for the New Democratic Party, winning by 8,147 votes on election day.[1]

Raynault studied commerce in Montreal, business management in Joliette and business law at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is a mother of four and grandmother of nine grandchildren.

Since 1977 she has been a member of the Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale, was president of the AFEAS in the Lanaudière region from 1997 to 2001, member of the provincial executive from 2001 to 2007 and provincial second vice-president and first vice-president.[2][3]

Raynault is a founding member of the Syndicat des agricultrices de Lanaudière. She is a founding member of the Union des producteurs agricoles, Nouvelle-Acadie local section. From 2003 to 2007, Raynault sat on the Executive Committee of the Centre local de développement de Joliette.[4]

She is the great-niece of former Montreal mayor Adhémar Raynault.[5]

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Francine Raynault 26,950 47.26%
Bloc Québécois Pierre Paquette 18,803 33.97%
Conservative Michel Morand 5,515 9.67%
Liberal François Boucher 3,545 6.22%
Green Annie Durette 2,210 3.88%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 57,023 100.00%
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Pierre Paquette 28,040 52.40% -1.63% $66,256
Conservative Sylvie Lavallée 9,540 17.83% -8.93% $55,729
Liberal Suzie St-Onge 7,769 14.52% +4.62% $4,504
New Democratic Francine Raynault 5,579 10.42% +5.05% $1,331
Green Annie Durette 2,588 4.84% +0.90% $2,465
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,516 100.00% $94,530
Total rejected ballots 878 1.61%
Turnout 54,394 62.02%
Bloc Québécois hold Swing +3.65%