Jean-Guy Carignan

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Jean-Guy Carignan
Member of Parliament
for Quebec East
In office
Preceded by Jean-Paul Marchand
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Personal details
Born (1941-05-03) 3 May 1941 (age 75)
Victoriaville, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Independent Liberal / Independent
Profession administrator

Jean-Guy Carignan BA, MBA (born 3 May 1941 in Victoriaville, Quebec) was a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 2000 to 2004. He was an administrator by career.[1]

Carignan joined the 37th Canadian Parliament on 27 November 2000 after being elected a Liberal member for the Quebec East electoral district.

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.[2] He resigned from the Liberal party on 14 December 2001 and continued as an independent member of Parliament.[3][4]

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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

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.


  1. ^ Canadian Parliamentary Guide. Gale Group. 2001. 
  2. ^ "Liberal MP resigns over hit-and-run accident". CTV News. 14 December 2001. Retrieved 2010-03-28. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Liberal MP quits caucus after crash conviction". CBC News. 14 December 2001. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2006. 
  4. ^ "Quebec Liberal MP pleads guilty to hit-and-run". CBC News. 6 November 2001. Archived from the original on 23 February 2005. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  5. ^ "Explanation of changes to party standings (2000–2004)". Elections Canada. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  6. ^ "Changing Partners". Canada Votes 2004. CBC News. 2004. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  7. ^ "Le député Jean-Guy Carignan forcé de redémissionner" (in French). LCN. 9 October 2003. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  8. ^ 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. 

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