|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Joseph-Roland Comtois|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Marc Robitaille|
January 20, 1949 |
|Political party||Progressive Conservative (1984-1986)
Independent (1986, 1987-1988)
New Democratic Party (1986-1987)
Toupin had been a worker for the Quebec Liberal Party 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)
|Canadian federal election, 1984: Terrebonne|
|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|
|Electors on the lists||99,162|
|Source: Report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Thirty-third General Election, 1984.|
- "CBC News In Depth: Canadian government". Cbc.ca. 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
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