Lemieux (top left) in 2013
|Member of Parliament
January 23, 2006 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Don Boudria|
|Succeeded by||Francis Drouin|
April 9, 1963 |
|Profession||consultant, mechanical engineer|
Pierre Lemieux (born April 9, 1963 in Embrun, Ontario) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was the MP for the riding of Glengarry—Prescott—Russell from 2006 to 2015, first elected in Canada's 39th general election and defeated in the 42nd. He represented the Conservative Party of Canada. While in office, he served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Erin O'Toole.
Lemieux has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science from the Royal Military College of Canada. He has been a Professional Engineer since 1994 and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Lemieux served in the Canadian Forces for 20 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He then worked for a number of years in the Ottawa high tech sector, most notably for JDS Uniphase. He then started his own company, offering project management and consulting services to government departments and charitable organizations.
Lemieux was first elected in the 2006 Canadian federal election that brought Stephen Harper's Conservatives into Government. Lemieux narrowly defeated Liberal René Berthiaume, becoming the Conservative MP for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell. It had been one of the longest held Liberal ridings in Eastern Ontario. The results were not entirely unexpected, however, as the region as a whole has been trending toward the Conservatives in recent years at the federal level. Lemieux improved his election results with larger margins of victory in 2008 and 2011.
In October 2007 Lemieux was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Deputy Government Whip. In November 2008 he was replaced as Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages by Manitoba Member of Parliament Shelly Glover and became Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz. On January 23, 2015, Lemieux was moved from Agriculture to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Erin O'Toole.
Views on abortion and marriage
Lemieux is a social conservative. The Campaign Life Coalition, a pro-life advocacy group, rates Lemieux as a "pro-life, pro-family" Member of Parliament. He voted in favour of Stephen Woodworth's Motion 312, which would have made Parliament study whether a child in the womb is a human being. He also voted against Bill C-279 (known as "The Bathroom Bill"), which would have allowed transgender individuals to use washrooms based on their gender identity. Furthermore, he spoke in favour of Mark Warawa's Motion 408, which asked that Parliament ban sex-selective abortions. Finally, in August 2014 Lemieux celebrated a British Columbia Catholic association's "pro life activism" with certificates from his office.
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