|Member of Parliament
for Quebec East
|Preceded by||Jean-Paul Marchand|
|Succeeded by||riding dissolved|
3 May 1941 |
Independent Liberal / Independent
On his election day, however, he was charged with offences relating to a hit and run incident on 3 October 2000. He pleaded guilty to these charges on 6 November 2001 and was sentenced to a partial house arrest and 100 hours of community service that allowed him to attend the House of Commons. He resigned from the Liberal party on 14 December 2001 and continued as an independent member of Parliament.
He declared himself an "Independent Liberal" for a year, beginning 7 October 2002. On 8 October 2003 he rejoined the Liberal party for two days, with Jean Chrétien calling for his resignation after it was learned he did not yet complete his sentence for his 2001 conviction.
Further controversy ensued following a mailing of 2000 Christmas cards featuring a picture of Carignan with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Groups such as the Canadian Jewish Congress and the B'nai B'rith Canada’s League for Human Rights condemned the MP's choice of seasonal greetings.
For the 2004 election, Carignan ran as an independent in Louis-Saint-Laurent, essentially a reconfigured version of his old riding. He finished in sixth place while Bernard Cleary of the Bloc Québécois won the riding.
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- Lazarus, David (12 December 2002). "Quebec MP criticized for Arafat greeting". Canadian Jewish News. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 2010-03-28.