Pablo Rodríguez (Canadian politician)

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The Honourable
Pablo Rodríguez
PC MP
Pablo Rodriguez.jpg
Chief Government Whip
Assumed office
January 30, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by Andrew Leslie
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Honoré-Mercier
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Paulina Ayala
In office
June 28, 2004 – May 2, 2011
Preceded by Yvon Charbonneau
Succeeded by Paulina Ayala
Personal details
Born (1967-06-21) June 21, 1967 (age 49)
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Roxane Hardy
Residence Montreal, Quebec
Profession Communication consultant

Pablo Rodríguez PC MP (born June 21, 1967) is a Canadian Member of Parliament.

Life and career[edit]

Born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, he was a communication and management consultant before being elected as a Liberal to the Canadian House of Commons for the Quebec riding of Honoré-Mercier in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Rodríguez was Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, the Official Opposition’s Critic for of the Francophonie and Official Languages, and Critic for Public Works and Government Services Canada. He has served on many committees of the House of Commons, including the Committee of Canadian Heritage, Official Languages and the Public Accounts Committee.

On February 14, 2007, a bill Rodríguez put forward was passed by the Commons that would give the Conservative government 60 days to come up with a plan to respect Canada's engagements under the Kyoto protocol. [clarification needed]

Prior to entering politics, Rodríguez, who has a degree in business administration from the University of Sherbrooke, had worked for over twelve years in the fields of public affairs and management of international projects. He was nicknamed Hot Rod.

Throughout his career, Rodríguez has dedicated much of his time to humanitarian causes that are close to his heart. In fact, his belief in helping developing countries and the eradication of poverty led him to collaborate with numerous organizations including Oxfam-Québec, where he was a Vice-President for nearly four years.

He is the Past President of the Quebec wing of the Liberal Party of Canada.

He was the Quebec Chair of the Michael Ignatieff candidacy during his 2006 campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

In the 2011 election he was defeated by NDP candidate Paulina Ayala. Rodriguez sought a rematch in the 2015 election and defeated Ayala to return to Parliament.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Honoré-Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Pablo Rodríguez 29,211 56.55 +20.18
New Democratic Paulina Ayala 8,478 16.41 -13.94
Bloc Québécois Audrey Beauséjour 6,680 12.93 -5.59
Conservative Guy Croteau 6,226 12.05 -0.37
Green Angela Budilean 814 1.58 -0.02
Strength in Democracy Dayana Dejean 168 0.33
Marxist–Leninist Yves Le Seigle 81 0.16 -0.19
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,658 100.0     $212,950.75
Total rejected ballots 682
Turnout 52,340
Eligible voters 78,428
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +17.11
Source: Elections Canada[1][2]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Honoré-Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Paulina Ayala 17,545 36.37 +26.26
Liberal Pablo Rodriguez 14,641 30.35 -13.32
Bloc Québécois Martin Laroche 8,935 18.52 -9.60
Conservative Gérard Labelle 5,992 12.42 -2.88
Green Gaëtan Bérard 770 1.60 -1.20
Rhinoceros Valery Chevrefils-Latulippe 181 0.38
Marxist–Leninist Jean-Paul Bédard 170 0.35
Total valid votes 48,234 100.00
Total rejected ballots 622 1.27 -0.06
Turnout 48,856 59.98 -2.18
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +19.79
Canadian federal election, 2008: Honoré-Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Pablo Rodríguez 21,544 43.67 +5.44 $64,461
Bloc Québécois Gérard Labelle 13,871 28.12 −6.71 $57,274
Conservative Rodrigo Alfaro 7,549 15.30 −2.14 $35,152
New Democratic François Pilon 4,986 10.11 +3.89 $1,499
Green Gaëtan Bérard 1,380 2.80 −0.13 $1,387
Total valid votes 49,330 100.00
Total rejected ballots 667 1.33
Turnout 49,997 62.16 −2.71
Electors on the lists 80,429
Liberal hold Swing +6.08
Source: Official Voting Results, 40th General Election 2008, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2006: Honoré-Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Pablo Rodríguez 19,622 38.23 −7.87 $62,095
Bloc Québécois Gérard Labelle 17,879 34.83 −5.54 $39,105
Conservative Angelo M. Marino 8,952 17.44 +11.42 $62,813
New Democratic François Pilon 3,191 6.22 +2.13 $2,374
Green Sylvain Castonguay 1,502 2.93 +1.16 not listed
Marxist–Leninist Hélène Héroux 183 0.36 +0.02 none listed
Total valid votes 51,329 100.00
Total rejected ballots 650 1.25
Turnout 51,979 64.87 +3.23
Electors on the lists 80,122
Liberal hold Swing +2.33
Source: Official Voting Results, 39th General Election, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2004: Honoré-Mercier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Pablo Rodríguez 22,223 46.10 −11.76 $78,649
Bloc Québécois Éric St-Hilaire 19,461 40.37 +10.02 $13,063
Conservative Gianni Chiazzese 2,902 6.02 −2.28 $5,060
New Democratic François Pilon 1,973 4.09 +2.81 $885
Green Richard Lahaie 852 1.77 $0
Marijuana Steve Boudrias 626 1.30 −0.59 none listed
Marxist–Leninist Hélène Héroux 164 0.34 +0.03 none listed
Total valid votes 48,201 100.00
Total rejected ballots 854 1.74
Turnout 49,055 61.64
Electors on the lists 79,585
Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.
Source: Official Voting Results, Thirty-Eighth General Election, Elections Canada.
Liberal hold Swing +10.89

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Paulina Ayala
Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier
2015–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
District created in 2004
Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier
20042011
Succeeded by
Paulina Ayala