|MNA for Rivière-du-Loup|
|Preceded by||Mario Dumont|
9 September 1963 |
Jean D'Amour (born 9 September 1963) is a Canadian politician, who represents the electoral district of Rivière-du-Loup in the National Assembly of Quebec. He won the riding in a by-election on 22 June 2009, and previously served as mayor of Rivière-du-Loup from 1999 to 2007.
He faced some controversy during the campaign, as he was arrested for impaired driving on 24 September 2008, and pled guilty on 19 December. His driver's license was suspended for one year. He has also faced allegations that he violated provincial ethics laws by lobbying the municipal government of Rivière-du-Loup less than two years after leaving office. Premier Jean Charest stood behind D'Amour, however, crediting him with being honest and forthcoming with the voters about his mistakes.
D'Amour defeated the Parti Québécois candidate, former federal Member of Parliament Paul Crête, in the by-election. Crête had been considered the likely winner at the start of the by-election campaign, but was hurt by PQ leader Pauline Marois' public statements that she planned to create a favourable climate for Quebec sovereignty by intentionally seeking to inflame political tensions between Quebec and English Canada.
He resigned the Liberal caucus to sit as an independent on 10 November 2009, following revelations that he was under investigation for allegedly accepting an envelope of money from a developer on behalf of Michel Morin, his successor as mayor of Rivière-du-Loup. An investigation by the province's chief electoral officer cleared him of wrongdoing, and he was subsequently readmitted to the Liberal caucus on 24 December.
|Quebec general election, 2007
|Action démocratique||Mario Dumont||15,276||58.47||+1.24|
|Parti Québécois||Hugues Belzile||2,821||10.80||-6.88|
|Quebec general election, 1994
|Action démocratique||Mario Dumont||13,307||54.77||-|
|Parti Québécois||Harold LeBel||6,608||27.20||-14.85|
|Independent||L. Richard Cimon||99||0.41||-|
|Natural Law||Armand Pouliot||55||0.23||-|
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- Philip Authier, "Liberal Party chief's absence upstages Charest's speech". The Gazette, 23 May 2009.
- (French) "Jean D'Amour coupable de conduite avec facultés affaiblies". radiocanada.ca, 5 March 2009.
- Don Macpherson, "About time: Charest has finally called by-elections to fill the seats vacated by Dumont and Jérôme-Forget". The Gazette, 21 May 2009.
- CJAD, 19 June 2009.
- Chantal Hébert, "PQ plan to anger us hints at desperation". Toronto Star, 22 June 2009.
- "Jean D'Amour leaves Liberal caucus". The Gazette, 10 November 2009.
- Jean d'Amour rejoins Quebec Liberal caucus. cbc.ca, 24 December 2009.