Martine Ouellet

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Martine Ouellet
Martine Ouellet 2016-06-30 B.jpg
Leader of the Bloc Québécois
Assumed office
March 18, 2017
Preceded by Rhéal Fortin (Interim)
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Vachon
Assumed office
July 5, 2010
Preceded by Camil Bouchard
Personal details
Born (1969-04-08) April 8, 1969 (age 48)
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Political party Bloc Québécois (federal)
Other political

Parti Québécois (2010-2017, provincial)

Independent (since 2017, provincial)

Martine Ouellet (born April 8, 1969) is a Canadian politician and the leader of Bloc Québécois (BQ).

Ouellet graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University[when?] and gained a M.B.A from the HEC Montreal.[1][when?]

Ouellet was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in a by-election on July 5, 2010, representing the electoral district of Vachon, standing as a candidate for Parti Québécois.[2]

After the 2012 election she was appointed as Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife. Ouellet contested the leadership of the Parti Québécois in 2015 and in 2016. She placed third both times. She was a member of the Parti Québécois from 2010 to 2017.[2]

On February 5, 2017, Ouellet announced her candidacy for the leadership of the federal Bloc Québécois.[3] She now sits in the National Assembly of Quebec as an independent MNA, and has stated that she will remain in that role until the next election.[3] After being the only candidate in the race at the end of the nomination period, she was officially acclaimed as leader on March 18, 2017.[4]

Prior to her first election, Ouellet worked as an engineer for Hydro-Québec.[2]

Electoral record[edit]

Quebec general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Parti Québécois Martine Ouellet 11,983 33.06 -6.53
     Liberal Michel Bienvenu 11,809 32.58 +11.37
Coalition Avenir Québec Stephane Robichaud 9,164 25.28 -4.38
Québec solidaire Sebastien Robert 2,644 7.29 +2.24
Quebec general election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Parti Québécois Martine Ouellet 14,723 39.59
Coalition Avenir Québec Jean-François Roberge 11,030 29.66
     Liberal Linda Langlois Saulnier 7,885 21.21
Québec solidaire Sebastien Robert 1,878 5.05

Quebec provincial by-election, July 5, 2010: Vachon
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Parti Québécois Martine Ouellet 7,863 59.15 +10.51
Liberal Simon-Pierre Diamond 3,236 24.34 −7.94
Action démocratique Alain Dépatie 879 6.61 −7.06
Québec solidaire Sébastien Robert 727 5.47 +3.23
Green Yvon Rudolphe 419 3.15 −0.01
     Independent Denis Durand 98 0.74 −2.42
     Independent Régent Millette 71 0.53 -
Total valid votes 13,293 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 174
Turnout 13,467 29.25 −32.23
Electors on the lists 46,046

Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.


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