Marcel Proulx

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Marcel Proulx
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Hull—Aylmer
In office
1999–2011
Preceded by Marcel Massé
Succeeded by Nycole Turmel
Chief Opposition Whip
In office
7 September 2010 – 2 May 2011
Preceded by Karen Redman
Succeeded by Nycole Turmel
Personal details
Born (1946-03-06) 6 March 1946 (age 69)
L'Orignal, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Pamela Proulx
Relations Edmond Proulx, grandfather
Isidore Proulx, great-grandfather
Residence Gatineau, Quebec
Profession administrator, businessman, executive assistant

Marcel Proulx (/ˈpr/; born 6 March 1946 in L'Orignal, Ontario) is a Canadian politician.

Proulx is a former member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, having represented the riding of Hull—Aylmer from 1999 to 2011. Proulx is a former administrator, businessman, claim adjuster, and executive assistant. He is a former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport and is the current Chair of the Sub-Committee on Private Members’ Business of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, frequently being the Acting Speaker.

Proulx ran for Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons in the 39th Canadian Parliament.[1] Fellow Liberal Peter Milliken won on the first ballot.[citation needed]

Marcel Proulx was a supporter of Michael Ignatieff during the last leadership campaign of the Liberal Party of Canada. However, he served as Quebec lieutenant for Stéphane Dion in 2007. On 16 October 2007, after much speculation, Proulx announced his resignation as Quebec lieutenant. The position of Quebec Lieutenant was offered to Pablo Rodriguez and Denis Coderre but both refused. The position was later given to Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

He was defeated by NDP candidate Nycole Turmel in the 2011 Canadian election in a massive landslide. Turmel would also succeed him as the Chief Opposition Whip, in the 41st Canadian Parliament.

He is the first Liberal candidate ever defeated in Hull-Aylmer's 94-year history. Proulx became a real estate agent a few months after his defeat.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Nycole Turmel 35,194 59.20% +39.37%
Liberal Marcel Proulx 12,051 20.27% -17.20%
Conservative Nancy Brassard-Fortin 6,058 10.19% -4.94%
Bloc Québécois Dino Lemay 5,019 8.44% -13.63%
Green Roger Fleury 1,125 1.89% -3.37%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 59,447 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 355
Turnout 59,802


Canadian federal election, 2008: Hull—Aylmer
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Marcel Proulx 19,750 37.45 $79,057
Bloc Québécois Raphaël Déry 11,625 22.05 $69,097
New Democratic Pierre Ducasse 10,454 19.83 $45,531
Conservative Paul Fréchette 7,996 15.16 $56,752
Green Frédéric Pouyot 2,784 5.28 $3,327
Marxist–Leninist Gabriel Girard-Bernier 121 0.23 none listed
Total valid votes/Expenditure limit 52,730 100.00 $89,492
Total rejected ballots 359
Turnout 53,089 61.00
Electors on the lists 87,036


Canadian federal election, 2006: Hull—Aylmer
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Marcel Proulx 17,576 32.67 $74,347
Bloc Québécois Alain Charette 15,788 29.35 $36,796
Conservative Gilles Poirier 9,284 17.26 $57,405
New Democratic Pierre Laliberté 8,334 15.49 $28,016
Green Christian Doyle 2,687 4.99 $1,907
Marxist–Leninist Gabriel Girard-Bernier 125 0.23 $19
Total valid votes/Expenditure limit 53,794 100.00 $82,541
Total rejected ballots 323
Turnout 54,117 64.25
Electors on the lists 84,233
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Marcel Proulx 20,135 41.87 -9.53 $61,882
Bloc Québécois Alain Charette 15,626 32.49 +9.41 $22,285
New Democratic Pierre Laliberté 5,709 11.87 +8.38 $23,285
Conservative Pierrette Bellefeuille 3,963 8.24 -9.72 $11,618
Green Gail Walker 2,561 5.33 $2,380
Marxist–Leninist Christian Legeais 98 0.20 -0.04
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,092 100.00 $81,460

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in the 2000 election.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Marcel Proulx 22,385 51.40 -2.63
Bloc Québécois Caroline Brouard 10,051 23.08 -2.40
Progressive Conservative Guy Dufort 4,181 9.60 +1.39
Alliance Michel Geisterfer 3,639 8.36 +7.36
New Democratic Peter Piening 1,521 3.49 -4.19
Marijuana Aubert Martins 892 2.05
Natural Law Rita Bouchard 426 0.98 +0.39
Independent Ron Gray 184 0.42
Canadian Action Robert Brooks 167 0.38
Marxist–Leninist Alexandre Legeais 106 0.24
Total valid votes 43,552 100.00

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1999 by-election.

Canadian federal by-election, 15 November 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Resignation of Marcel Massé, 10 September 1999
Liberal Marcel Proulx 9,532 54.03 -0.08
Bloc Québécois Robert Bélanger 4,495 25.48 +4.70
Progressive Conservative Richard St-Cyr 1,448 8.21 -9.51
New Democratic Alain Cossette 1,356 7.69 +4.93
Green Gail Walker 307 1.74 +0.51
Christian Heritage Ron Gray 176 1.00 +0.42
Reform Luiz Da Silva 175 0.99 -0.97
Natural Law Jean-Claude Pommet 103 0.58 +0.03
Independent John C. Turmel 51 0.29
Total valid votes 17,643 100.00

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