|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Winnipeg North
December 9, 2010
|Preceded by||Judy Wasylycia-Leis|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba|
|Preceded by||Don Scott|
|Succeeded by||Becky Barrett|
2003 – November 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Becky Barrett|
|Succeeded by||District abolished|
January 22, 1962 |
Kevin Lamoureux, MP (born January 22, 1962) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. On November 29, 2010, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the constituency of Winnipeg North in a by-election. He was re-elected during the 2011 election by 44 votes. Lamoureux had previously served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1988 to 1999 and from 2003 to 2010, and he twice sought the leadership of the Manitoba Liberal Party. He serves in the House of Commons as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Lamoureux was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was educated at the University of Winnipeg. He worked as a store manager and air traffic control assistant, also serving in the armed forces for three years. His younger brother Darrin Lamoureux is the current interim leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party.
Member of the Manitoba Legislature
Lamoureux first ran for the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 1986 election in the north end Winnipeg division of Logan. The Liberal Party did not have a strong provincial organization in this campaign, and Lamoureux finished a distant third against New Democrat Maureen Hemphill.
The Manitoba Liberal Party saw its popularity increase between 1986 and 1988, as many centre-left voters abandoned the New Democratic Party (NDP) government of Howard Pawley. In the 1988 election, the Liberals jumped from one seat to twenty and became the dominant party in both north and south Winnipeg. Lamoureux scored a narrow victory over NDP incumbent Don Scott in the north end division of Inkster and entered the legislature as a member of the Official Opposition.
The Liberal Party fell back to seven seats in the 1990 provincial election, finished third place behind a resurgent New Democratic Party. Lamoureux, however, was re-elected in Inkster with an increased margin of victory.
- Leadership campaigns
Lamoureux ran for the Manitoba Liberal Party's leadership in 1993 after the resignation of Sharon Carstairs. He was seen as an "anti-establishment" candidate in this contest, representing north end Winnipeg communities against a party establishment dominated by south end Winnipeg interests. He lost to Paul Edwards.
The Liberals were leading in the polls before the 1995 provincial election, but their support base collapsed during the campaign and the party won only three seats. Lamoureux again increased his majority in Inkster, while Edwards was defeated in St. James.
Edwards announced his resignation in late 1995, and Lamoureux again stood for the party leadership. He was again regarded as an "anti-establishment" candidate, this time facing Ginny Hasselfield who was supported by the party's leadership. This contest was very divisive, and its ending was controversial. All party members were able to cast a ballot, and the results were "weighted" by constituency. It is generally acknowledged that Lamoureux received a greater number of total party membership votes than Hasselfield. Because his support was concentrated in north Winnipeg, however, Hasselfield won the weighted vote by 21 points.
- Defeat and return
The divisions in the Manitoba Liberal Party continued after the leadership contest. Following the 1997 Canadian federal election, Lamoureux and Gary Kowalski announced that they could no longer support Hasselfield's leadership and would sit as "Independent Liberals". This decision left Neil Gaudry as the party's only official member of the legislature. Facing increased pressure, Hasselfield agreed to resign as party leader in early 1998. Jon Gerrard was elected as her successor, and Lamoureux and Kowalski rejoined the party caucus.
The Liberal Party entered the 1999 provincial election in a weakened state, damaged by the divisions of the previous years. The election itself became polarized between the governing Progressive Conservatives and the opposition New Democratic Party, and the Liberal Party's support fell significantly. Although still personally popular, Lamoureux was narrowly defeated by New Democrat Becky Barrett.
Becky Barrett did not seek re-election in 2003, and Lamoureux was again elected to the legislature for Inkster. The only other Liberal to win election in this campaign was Jon Gerrard. Both Lamoureux and Gerrard were re-elected in the 2007 election, but the party did not make any further gains.
Member of the Canadian House of Commons
Lamoureux resigned his provincial seat in 2010 to seek election to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election that was held to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis, who stepped down to run for mayor. He was elected over NDP candidate Kevin Chief, and was re-elected in the 2011 federal election a few months later by a margin of just 44 votes over NDP candidate Rebecca Blaikie.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Rebecca Blaikie||9,052||35.59%||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||25,434||100.00%||–|
|Total rejected ballots||138||–||–|
|By-election on November 29, 2010
resignation of Judy Wasylycia-Leis on April 30, 2010
|New Democratic||Kevin Chief||6,508||41.2|
|Christian Heritage||Eric Truijen||45||0.3|
|Total valid votes||15,783|
|Total rejected ballots||–|
|Manitoba general election, 2003: Inkster|
|New Democratic Party||Mario Santos||2,851||41.46||-2.99||$21,230.80|
|Progressive Conservative||Michael T. Ledarney||251||3.65||-9.26||$10.69|
|Total valid votes||6,876||98.86|
|Rejected and declined votes||79|
|Electors on the lists||11,335|
|Canadian federal election, 2000|
|New Democratic||Pat Martin||11,263||41.3%||+0.4%|
|Progressive Conservative||Michel Allard||1,915||7.0%||-2.1%|
|Total valid votes||27,295||100.0%|
|Manitoba general election, 1999: Inkster|
|New Democratic Party||Becky Barrett||3,501||44.45||$22,767.00|
|Progressive Conservative||George (Gurjant) Sandhu||1,017||12.91||$27,661.71|
|Total valid votes||7,876||100.00|
|Rejected and declined ballots||50|
|Electors on the lists||10,967|
- "Elections Canada Announces Results of Judicial Recount in the Electoral District of Winnipeg North". Elections Canada. 17 May 2011.
- Meet Kevin Lamoureux
- "Saskatchewan Liberals name Lamoureux as interim leader". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, December 18, 2013.
- Riding history for Winnipeg Centre (1997– ) from the Library of Parliament
- 2003 Inkster election results
- 2007 Inkster election results
- Lamoureux resigns as MLA, eyes federal run. Winnipeg Free Press, November 1, 2010.
- "Lamoureux wins battle of Kevins". Winnipeg Free Press, November 30, 2010.
- Elections Canada accessed 4 May 2011