Independent candidates, 2008 Quebec provincial election

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There were thirty independent candidates in the 2008 Quebec provincial election, none of whom were elected. This page has information about these candidates.


Brome-Missisquoi: Jacques-Antoine Normandin[edit]

Jacques-Antoine Normandin (born June 17, 1951)[1] was an activist with the Bloc Québécois in Pierrefonds—Dollard before running for office himself. In the 2008 provincial election, he claimed to be exempt from paying taxes by virtue of having renounced his citizenship. He advocated a tax exemption for other "dissidents" and a common law bar to compete with the official Bar of Quebec. His agent was later fined for not filing an election expenses report.[2] He received 173 votes (0.57%), finishing sixth against Liberal Party incumbent Pierre Paradis.

Jean-Lesage: José Breton[edit]

José Breton has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Université Laval (1985).[3] He has run for the Quebec National Assembly four times as an independent candidate. By his own acknowledgement, he did not have any specific message to convey in the 1985 election.[4] More recently, he has campaigned as an "anti-diet" candidate.

Describing himself as an activist against the "thinness industry," Breton argues that the threat of obesity has been greatly exaggerated in modern western societies. In 1998, he called for the provincial health system to eliminate medical consultations about obesity for aesthetic purposes.[5] His slogan in 2008 was, "Les femmes au gros derrière sont les plus sexy."[6]

In 2007, Breton called for voters in other electoral divisions to support the Action démocratique du Québec.[7]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1985 provincial Montmorency Independent 513 1.44 5/7 Yves Séguin, Liberal
1998 provincial Shefford Independent 90 0.22 6/6 Bernard Brodeur, Liberal
2007 provincial Jean-Lesage Independent 131 0.38 6/8 Jean-François Gosselin, Action démocratique
2008 provincial Jean-Lesage Independent 316 1.13 5/5 André Drolet, Liberal

Mille-Îles: Régent Millette[edit]

Régent Millette (born September 14, 1935) is a perennial candidate for public office, having run in twenty-five federal, provincial, and municipal elections since 2000. He was a candidate of the Parti démocratie chrétienne du Québec in the 2003 provincial election but has run as an independent in every other campaign. He was a member of the short-lived Parti république du Québec in 2007 but never actually ran under its banner.[8]

Millette has a teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université de Montréal and has worked as a teacher.[9] During the 2005 municipal election, he said that he felt a calling to serve the public and would take no salary if elected.[10] He holds socially conservative views; during the 2003 Montreal gay pride parade, he was quoted as saying, "I love everybody but in the Bible they say there are many things that are against nature."[11]

A candidate named Régent Millette ran for the Ralliement national in the 1966 Quebec election and received 96 votes (0.46%) for a fifth-place finish against incumbent Liberal cabinet minister Paul Gérin-Lajoie. This may have been the same person.

Millette is running again in the 2011 Canadian federal election.

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
2000 federal Laval East Independent 255 0.44 8/9 Carole-Marie Allard, Liberal
Quebec provincial by-election, 9 April 2001 Mercier Independent 27 0.16 9/9 Nathalie Rochefort, Liberal
Quebec provincial by-election, 1 October 2001 Blainville Independent 97 0.43 6/6 Richard Legendre, Parti Québécois
2005 Laval municipal Mayor of Laval Independent 606 0.48 4/4 Gilles Vaillancourt, Parti PRO des Lavallois
Quebec provincial by-election, 15 April 2002 Anjou Independent 72 0.44 5/5 Lise Thériault, Liberal
Quebec provincial by-election, 17 June 2002 Vimont Independent 212 0.70 4/4 François Gaudreau, Action démocratique du Québec
2003 provincial Mille-Îles Parti démocratie chrétienne 113 0.28 5/5 Maurice Clermont, Liberal
2004 federal Alfred-Pellan Independent 89 0.17 7/7 Robert Carrier, Bloc Québécois
Quebec provincial by-election, 20 September 2004 Gouin Independent 33 0.22 7/7 Nicolas Girard, Parti Québécois
2005 Laval municipal Mayor of Laval Independent 3,474 4.41 4/4 Gilles Vaillancourt, Parti PRO des Lavallois
Quebec provincial by-election, 12 December 2005 Outremont Independent 28 0.21 7/7 Raymond Bachand, Liberal
2006 federal Outremont Independent 22 0.05 11/11 Jean Lapierre, Liberal
Quebec provincial by-election, 10 April 2006 Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques Independent 28 0.21 7/7 Martin Lemay, Parti Québécois
Quebec provincial by-election, 14 August 2006 Pointe-aux-Trembles Independent 52 0.41 8/8 André Boisclair, Parti Québécois
Canadian federal by-election, 27 November 2006 Repentigny Independent 78 0.25 7/7 Raymond Gravel, Bloc Québécois
2007 provincial Mille-Îles Independent 96 0.23 6/6 Maurice Clermont, Liberal
Canadian federal by-election, 17 September 2007 Outremont Independent 32 0.13 11/12 Thomas Mulcair, New Democratic Party
Quebec provincial by-election, 12 May 2008 Pointe-aux-Trembles Independent 31 0.23 8/8 Nicole Léger, Parti Québécois
Canadian federal by-election, 8 September 2008 Westmount—Ville-Marie Independent - - - election cancelled
2008 federal Alfred-Pellan Independent 259 0.49 6/6 Robert Carrier, Bloc Québécois
2008 provincial Mille-Îles Independent 44 0.13 7/7 Francine Charbonneau, Liberal
Quebec provincial by-election, 22 June 2009 Marguerite-Bourgeoys Independent 41 0.38 8/8 Clément Gignac, Liberal
2009 Laval municipal Mayor of Laval Independent 682 0.70 4/5 Gilles Vaillancourt, Parti PRO des Lavallois
Quebec provincial by-election, 5 July 2010 Vachon Independent 71 0.53 7/7 Martine Ouellet, Parti Québécois
2011 federal Alfred-Pellan Independent 245 0.45 6/6 Rosane Doré Lefebvre, New Democratic Party
Quebec provincial election, 4 September 2012 Mille-Îles Independent 122 0,38 7/8 Francine Charbonneau, Liberal
2013 Laval municipal Mayor of Laval Independent 611 0.53 9/9 Marc Demers, Mouvement lavallois


  1. ^ Le blog de Jacques-Antoine Normandin, accessed 11 December 2010.
  2. ^ Alain Bérubé, "Jacques-Antoine Normandin, un dénonciateur farouche du «système»",, 20 November 2008, accessed 11 December 2010; [ Stéphanie MacFarlane, "Bernard Normandin reconnu coupable d'avoir enfreint une loi électorale,", 29 September 2010, accessed 11 December 2010.
  3. ^ José Breton, À propos du Candidat, José Breton, accessed 17 January 2010.
  4. ^ Mario Fontaine, Mario Fontaine, "Dans Shefford, les organisations s'échangent des «amabilités» qui masquent les enjeux locaux," La Presse, 16 November 1988, A12.
  5. ^ "Un candidat anti diète dans Shefford," Le Soleil, 12 November 1998, A12.
  6. ^ "Le côté charmeur de José Breton...," Le Soleil, 26 November 2008, p. 9. He was forty-six years old at the time.
  7. ^ José Breton, Mon programme électoral, accessed 17 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Les dissidents auront le choix", Radio-Canada, 5 April 2007, accessed 3 April 2011.
  9. ^ Canada Votes 2006: Candidates and Ridings: Outremont, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, accessed 6 April 2011.
  10. ^ Michelle Lalonde, "Vaillancourt wins in a walkover: 5th term as mayor. Colourful challengers included 18-year-old, part-time actor," Montreal Gazette, 7 November 2005, A8.
  11. ^ Ross Marowits, "Catholic Church hypocritical to attack same-sex marriage, say gay activists," Canadian Press, 3 August 2003, 18:36.