Gérard Deltell

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Gérard Deltell

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Deltell in 2018
Official Opposition Critic for the Treasury Board
Assumed office
August 30, 2017
LeaderAndrew Scheer
ShadowingScott Brison
Jane Philpott
Joyce Murray
Preceded byPhil McColeman
Official Opposition Critic for Employment & Labour
In office
November 20, 2016 – October 15, 2016
MinisterMaryAnn Mihychuk
LeaderRona Ambrose
Preceded byAlexandre Boulerice
Succeeded byPierre Poilievre
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Louis-Saint-Laurent
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byAlexandrine Latendresse
Leader of the Action démocratique du Québec
In office
November 19, 2009 – January 22, 2012
Preceded byGilles Taillon
Succeeded byNone, Party dissolved
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Chauveau
In office
December 8, 2008 – April 7, 2015
Preceded byGilles Taillon
Succeeded byVéronyque Tremblay
Personal details
Born (1964-08-08) August 8, 1964 (age 55)
Quebec City, Quebec
Political partyConservative (Federal)
CAQ (Provincial)
Other political
Action démocratique du Québec
RelationsGuy (father), Paule (mother)[1]
ChildrenJean-Philippe, Béatrice[2]
Alma materUniversité Laval[2]

Gérard Deltell MP (born August 8, 1964) is a politician in Quebec, Canada. Deltell was the final leader of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) from 2009 to the merger of the party with the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in 2012. He was the member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Chauveau. He was the house leader of the CAQ in the National Assembly until the provincial election in April 2014[3] and has served as a federal MP for Louis-Saint-Laurent since October 2015.


Deltell was born and raised in Quebec City. He held party membership in the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the 1980s.[4]

Deltell's parents are both Pied-Noirs born in Algeria.[5] Deltell is a Spanish name, his father's family was settled in Algeria by 1840 and his maternal family's roots are French and Italian.[6] His parents immigrated to Canada and settled in Montreal in 1958,[1] but relocated later in the year to Loretteville, near Quebec City. His father, Guy, served in a Moroccan regiment[1] of the French Army of the Second World War[7] and was awarded the French Legion of Honour on October 26, 2011.[5]

Deltell studied social science at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, graduating in 1984.[2] He majored in history at Université Laval and graduated in 1989.[2] He also received training as an announcer at the Collège des annonceurs radio télévision in 1982 and at École de radio et de télévision Promédia in 1993.[2] He received a pilot's license for ultralight aircraft in 2005.[2]

Journalism career[edit]

Before he entered politics, Deltell worked as a TV correspondent with TQS. He also worked for the TVA and Radio-Canada stations in Quebec City, as well as the CIRO-FM radio station as a radio show host. Overall, he worked as a journalist for a total of over 20 years.

Provincial politics[edit]

Deltell ran as the Action démocratique du Québec candidate in the district of Chauveau in the 2008 provincial election.[8] He won the seat with 44% of the vote and succeeded Gilles Taillon, who ran and lost in Chapleau.

On November 19, 2009, Deltell replaced Taillon as leader of the ADQ.[4]

During his tenure as ADQ leader, Deltell was noted as a stabilizing factor inside the party after the 2009 leadership race caused a power vacuum in the party. He improved the fortunes of the ADQ in the polls, bringing them back to 20% in the polls. The ADQ were also polling well in the Quebec City region and other noted Conservative areas.[citation needed]

He ceased being leader of the ADQ upon the dissolution of the party into the new movement established by François Legault, the Coalition Avenir Québec. Deltell served as parliamentary leader of the CAQ caucus until the 2012 Quebec general election.

From 2012 to 2014 he served as House Leader for the CAQ.

Federal politics[edit]

Following much speculation, Deltell announced on April 7, 2015, that he would be running for the federal conservatives in the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent in the 2015 federal election. His resignation as MNA for Chauveau took effect the same day.[9] Deltell was elected MP on October 19, 2015.[10] The Conservative Party saw a resurgence in support in the Quebec City region, with Deltell receiving credit for the party's increased support.[11]

Since going to Ottawa, Deltell has been considered a rising star within the Conservative caucus. Opposition leader Rona Ambrose named Deltell the party's Quebec lieutenant and critic for Employment, Workforce and Labour,[12] and he has been noted for his strong performances during Question Period.[11] Despite being a newcomer to federal politics, Deltell has been mentioned as a possible leadership candidate to replace former leader Stephen Harper. While he has brushed aside the idea, Deltell has received support from within the Conservative caucus to run; he ultimately threw his support to Erin O'Toole. Globe and Mail columnist Jefferey Simpson wrote that "he ticks off a number of Conservative/conservative boxes."[13]

Deltell was one of three Conservatives named to the membership of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

On October 16, 2016, Deltell was appointed Official Opposition Finance Critic by Rona Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.[14]

Deltell is a critic of the legalization of marijuana and vows to prevent the legalization from happening.[15]

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced his shadow cabinet on August 30, 2017 and named Deltell as critic for the treasury board.[16]

Electoral record[edit]


2015 Canadian federal election: Louis-Saint-Laurent
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Gérard Deltell 32,637 50.46 +12.58
Liberal Youri Rousseau 13,852 21.42 +15.05
New Democratic G. Daniel Caron 10,296 15.92 -23.96
Bloc Québécois Ronald Sirard 6,688 10.34 -4.02
Green Michel Savard 1,210 1.87 +0.37
Total valid votes/Expense limit 64,683 100.0   $233,588.52
Total rejected ballots 852
Turnout 65,535
Eligible voters 91,332
Conservative gain from New Democratic Swing +18.27
Source: Elections Canada[17][18]


2014 Quebec general election: Chauveau
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Avenir Québec Gérard Deltell 22,679 52.31 -0.88
Liberal Bernard Chartier 12,940 29.84 +5.10
Parti Québécois Christian Robitaille 5,279 12.18 -4.26
Québec solidaire Jean-Claude Bernheim 1,717 3.96 +0.93
Conservative Julie Plamondon 455 1.05 +0.51
Option nationale Sophie Leblanc 289 0.67 -0.87
Total valid votes 43,269 98.72
Total rejected ballots 560 1.28
Turnout 43,829 76.02
Electors on the lists 57,651
Coalition Avenir Québec hold Swing -2.99
2012 Quebec general election: Chauveau
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Avenir Québec Gérard Deltell 23,449 52.99 +10.47
Liberal Marie-Ève Bédard 10,907 24.65 -9.47
Parti Québécois Marie-Eve D'Ascola 7,247 16.38 -4.42
Québec solidaire Sébastien Bouchard 1,337 3.02 +0.46
Option nationale Ariane Grondin 677 1.53
Conservative Gaétan Roy 238 0.54
Middle Class Sylvain Rancourt 232 0.52
Équipe autonomiste Normand Michaud 85 0.19
Quebec Citizens' Union Noémie Rocque 78 0.18
Total valid votes 44,250 98.77
Total rejected ballots 550 1.23
Turnout 44,800 78.93
Electors on the lists 56,759
Coalition Avenir Québec notional hold Swing +9.97
Change is from redistributed results. CAQ change is from ADQ.
2008 Quebec general election: Chauveau
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Action démocratique Gérard Deltell 14,029 42.75 -12.84
Liberal Sarah Perreault 11,424 34.82 +12.47
Parti Québécois François Aumond 6,559 19.99 +2.32
Québec solidaire Catherine Flynn 801 2.44 +0.42
Total valid votes 32,813 100.0
Action démocratique hold Swing +12.66


  1. ^ a b c "Portrait d'un combattant: Guy Deltell" (in French). Association des Anciens Combattants et Soldats Français de Québec. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Deltell, Gérard (2011). "Biographie". GerardDeltell.qc.ca (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  3. ^ "A 'government of all Quebecers,' Couillard says". Montreal Gazette. 2014-04-16. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Gerard Deltell named new leader of the ADQ". The Canadian Press. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Remise de la Légion d'honneur à Guy Deltell" (in French). Quebec, QC, Canada: Consulat général de France à Québec. 2011-10-31. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/01/13/gerard-deltell-conservative-leadership-race-2017_n_14148248.html
  7. ^ Mercier, Noémi (2011-02-09). "36 heures dans la vie de Gérard Deltell". L'actualité. p. 3. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  8. ^ Gérard Deltell à l'ADQ, Denis Lessard, La Presse, November 2, 2008
  9. ^ "Gérard Deltell jumps into federal politics with Conservatives". CBC News. April 7, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "Conservatives more than double seat count in Quebec". CBC News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  11. ^ a b LeBlanc, Daniel (7 March 2016). "Rookie MP Gérard Deltell a rising Conservative star". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  12. ^ https://www.conservative.ca/conservatives-announce-official-opposition-shadow-cabinet-and-critics-2/
  13. ^ Simpson, Jeffrey (26 March 2016). "A Quebec newcomer could tick the Tory leadership boxes". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  14. ^ https://ipolitics.ca/2016/10/16/conservative-party-announces-new-shadow-cabinet/
  15. ^ ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone Politique -. "Légalisation du cannabis : les conservateurs de Québec promettent de se battre". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  16. ^ Stone, Laura (30 August 2017). "Scheer shakes up Conservative team, promotes some rivals but not Leitch, Trost". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  17. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Louis-Saint-Laurent, 30 September 2015
  18. ^ "Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates". Archived from the original on 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2018-11-05.

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