Robert Toupin

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Robert Toupin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Terrebonne
In office
Preceded by Joseph-Roland Comtois
Succeeded by Jean-Marc Robitaille
Personal details
Born (1949-01-20) January 20, 1949 (age 68)
L'Assomption, Quebec
Political party Progressive Conservative (1984-1986)
Independent (1986, 1987-1988)
New Democratic Party (1986-1987)

Robert Toupin (born January 20, 1949 in L'Assomption, Quebec) is a former Canadian Member of Parliament.

Toupin had been a worker for the Quebec Liberal Party[1] when he joined the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada following Brian Mulroney's election as party leader. Toupin was a successful Tory candidate in Terrebonne riding in the 1984 federal election.

He was critical of the new government's policies and soon crossed the floor to sit as an Independent. He had attempted to join the Liberal Party of Canada but the Liberal riding association for the constituency he represented rejected him. He subsequently joined the New Democratic Party, becoming the first NDP Member of Parliament (MP) from a Quebec riding. However, he left the party after ten months to again sit as an Independent, after claiming that communists had infiltrated the party. He was then invited to join the Rhinoceros Party of Canada.

Toupin was defeated as an independent candidate in the 1988 federal election.

Electoral record (incomplete)[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1984: Terrebonne
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Robert Toupin 43,822 60.30
Liberal Joseph-Roland Comtois (incumbent) 19,040 26.20
New Democratic Brian Umansky 6,454 8.88
Parti nationaliste Jean-A. Bonin 3,060 4.21
Commonwealth of Canada Claude Brosseau 292 0.40
Total valid votes 72,668 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,634
Turnout 74,302 74.93
Electors on the lists 99,162
Source: Report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Thirty-third General Election, 1984.


  1. ^ "CBC News In Depth: Canadian government". 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 

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