Guy Caron

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Guy Caron
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Parliamentary Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada
Assumed office
October 4, 2017
Leader Jagmeet Singh
Shadow Minister for Natural Resources
In office
January 23, 2015 – November 19, 2015
Leader Thomas Mulcair
Preceded by Chris Charlton
Succeeded by Candice Bergen
Shadow Minister for Industry
In office
November 1, 2011 – April 18, 2012
Leader Nycole Turmel
Preceded by Peter Julian
Succeeded by Hélène LeBlanc
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques
Assumed office
May 2, 2011
Preceded by Claude Guimond
Personal details
Born (1968-05-13) May 13, 1968 (age 49)
Rimouski, Quebec
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Valerie
Children 2
Residence Gatineau
Profession Economist, journalist, public relations officer, researcher

Guy Caron (born May 13, 1968)[1] is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 election.[2] He represents the electoral district of Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques as a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP). He was the NDP's critic for Finance and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, but resigned from the NDP's shadow cabinet in February 2017 to pursue leadership of the New Democratic Party of Canada.[3]

On October 4, 2017 Jagmeet Singh, the newly elected NDP leader, appointed Guy Caron to serve as the NDP's Parliamentary Leader[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Caron was born in Rimouski, Quebec. He has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Ottawa in 1992, and served two terms as president of their student federation in 1992-94. He was vice-president of the board of directors of Voyages Campus/Travel Cuts, 1994. He was national president of the Canadian Federation of Students for two terms in 1994-6.[5] He also has a master's degree in economics from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2001.[6]

Prior to being elected, Caron was a researcher and economist with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, most recently as Director of Special Projects.[7] He previously worked for the Council of Canadians where he was a media relations officer, then the Campaigner on Canada-U.S. Relations, and then the Healthcare Campaigner. He has also worked for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. He is also a former journalist: he worked with radio stations CKLE and CKMN-FM, and with the newspapers Progrès-Écho and Rimouskois while studying science at the Cégep de Rimouski.[8]

He is the author of Crossing the Line: A Citizens’ Inquiry on Canada-U.S. Relations.[9]

Political career[edit]

Caron ran in Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques in three federal elections (2004, 2006 & 2008) unsuccessfully before being elected in 2011. He was appointed chairperson of the NDP's Quebec caucus following the election.[10]

After the 2015 election, Caron was appointed the NDP critic for Finance, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, as well as deputy critic for Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard in the 42nd Canadian Parliament.[11]

Caron resigned from the NDP shadow cabinet in February 2017 in order to stand for the leadership of the New Democratic Party to succeed Tom Mulcair.[12] Caron stated that the two major challenges confronting Canadians are income inequality and climate change. His leadership platform includes a guaranteed basic income.[13] In the October 1, 2017 election, Caron placed fourth with 9.4% of the vote, with Jagmeet Singh winning on the first ballot.[14]


Tax Policy[edit]

Guy Caron released a tax plan called Making Taxes Work for Canadians as part of his ongoing NDP leadership bid. The plan proposes the creation of a Tax Crimes Division within the Department of Justice Canada, in order to provide a more robust method of preventing tax evasion. In addition, the tax plan proposes a Financial Activities Tax to tax the profits of financial institutions and the renumeration packages of banking executives. Caron's plan also proposes the elimination of the "CEO stock option loophole," a promise made by the Liberal Party of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[15]

Basic Income[edit]

Guy Caron's bid for the NDP leadership also includes a plan for basic income for individuals or families who spend at least 20% more of their income than the average on necessities such as food, shelter, and clothing (designated as the low-income cut-off line). The basic income program would be joined with the Canada Childcare Benefit and the Guaranteed Income Supplement, without affecting other programs.[16]


Guy Caron's NDP leadership website states that Caron will work for "trade deals that work for Canadians". The website also states that "trade is good, when the deals are done right".[17]

Electoral record[edit]

Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, 2013 Representation Order[edit]

There will be no territory changes for the 42nd Canadian federal election.

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Guy Caron 19,374 43.11 +0.13
Liberal Pierre Cadieux 12,594 28.02 +18.42
Bloc Québécois Johanne Carignan 8,673 19.3 -11.53
Conservative Francis Fortin 3,361 7.48 -7.08
Green Louise Boutin 669 1.49 -0.54
Rhinoceros Sébastien CôRhino Côrriveau 274 0.61
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,837 100.0   $210,378.44
Total rejected ballots
Eligible voters 69,631
New Democratic hold Swing +9.28
Source: Elections Canada[18][19]

Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, 2003 Representation Order[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Guy Caron 18,360 42.98 +32.65 $1,454.82
Bloc Québécois Claude Guimond 13,170 30.83 -13.85 $37,084.15
Conservative Bertin Denis 6,218 14.56 -3.70 $48,523.44
Liberal Pierre Cadieux 4,101 9.60 -10.49 $12,947.19
Green Clément Pelletier 867 2.03 +0.40 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 42,716 100.0     $86,716.92
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 449 1.04 -0.13
Turnout 43,165 62.90 +4.17
Eligible voters 68,625
New Democratic gain from Bloc Québécois Swing +23.25
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Claude Guimond 17,652 44.68 -1.70 $26,530.06
Liberal Pierre Béland 7,937 20.09 +0.76 $16,213.11
Conservative Gaston Noël 7,216 18.26 -3.94 $50,736.77
New Democratic Guy Caron 4,085 10.33 +0.53 $8,921.06
Independent Louise Thibault 1,966 4.97 $10,441.59
Green James D. Morrison 645 1.63 -0.65 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 39,501 100.0     $83,533
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 468 1.17 -0.05
Turnout 39,969 58.73 -5.03
Eligible voters 68,055
Bloc Québécois hold Swing -1.23
Independent candidate Louise Thibault was previously elected as a member of the Bloc Québécois, and lost 41.41 percentage points from her results in the 2006 election.
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Louise Thibault 19,804 46.38 -11.25 $37,738.52
Conservative Roger Picard 9,481 22.20 +13.26 $15,575.69
Liberal Michel Tremblay 8,254 19.33 -4.44 $54,457.05
New Democratic Guy Caron 4,186 9.80 +2.75 $15,288.40
Green François Bédard 973 2.28 -0.34 $30.76
Total valid votes/Expense limit 42,698 100.0     $77,697
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 529 1.22 -0.68
Turnout 43,227 63.76 +5.71
Eligible voters 67,793
Bloc Québécois hold Swing -12.26
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Louise Thibault 22,215 57.63 -2.77 $37,917.81
Liberal Côme Roy 9,161 23.77 -5.96 $52,950.93
Conservative Denis Quimper 3,445 8.94 +2.10 $14,150.40
New Democratic Guy Caron 2,717 7.05 +5.10 $6,486.64
Green Marjolaine Delaunière 1,008 2.62 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 38,546 100.0     $75,927
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 747 1.90
Turnout 39,293 58.05 -0.46
Eligible voters 67,686
Bloc Québécois notional hold Swing +1.60
Changes from 2000 are based on redistributed results. Change for the Conservatives is based on the combined total of the Progressive Conservatives and the Canadian Alliance.


  1. ^ "Caron, Guy, B.A., M.A.". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Election 2011: Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques". The Globe and Mail. May 2, 2011. Archived from the original on September 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Politics, Canadian (2017-02-12). "NDP’s Guy Caron gives up shadow cabinet role to consider leadership bid". National Post. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  8. ^ "About Guy". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  10. ^ "Statement by Guy Caron, NDP Quebec caucus chair, on the decision of the Charest government to hold a public inquiry on the construction industry". 19 October 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Kirkup, Kristy (12 November 2015). "Tom Mulcair taps Nathan Cullen, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron for top critic roles". CBC News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Smith, Marie-Danielle (27 February 2017). "Three’s a crowd? Guy Caron joins federal NDP leadership race, citing economic prowess". National Post. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
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  14. ^ Ballingball, Alex (1 October 2017). "Jagmeet Singh wins the NDP leadership race". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  15. ^ "Making Taxes Work for Canadians". Guy Caron for NDP Leader. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  16. ^ "Guy Caron for NDP Leader". Guy Caron for NDP Leader. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  17. ^ "About Guy Caron". Guy Caron for NDP Leader. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  18. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, 30 September 2015
  19. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  20. ^ Elections Canada – Official voting results, Forty-first general election, 2011
  21. ^ Elections Canada – Candidate's electoral campaign return, 41st general election

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