Yvon Godin

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Yvon Godin
Yvon Godin 2014-05-05.jpg
Yvon Godin in 2014
Shadow Minister for Labour
In office
May 26, 2011 – April 18, 2012
Leader Jack Layton
Nycole Turmel
Preceded by Maria Minna
Succeeded by Alexandre Boulerice
Member of Parliament
for Acadie—Bathurst
In office
June 2, 1997 – 2015
Preceded by Doug Young
Succeeded by Serge Cormier
Personal details
Born (1955-05-12) May 12, 1955 (age 62)
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Political party NDP
Spouse(s) Lyna Mainville
Residence Bathurst, New Brunswick
Profession miner, labour representative
Website web.archive.org/web/20110623045024/http://yvongodin.ndp.ca:80/

Yvon Godin (born May 12, 1955) is a Canadian politician.

Godin was a New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Acadie—Bathurst from 1997 until his retirement in 2015. Previously, Godin was a labour representative for the United Steelworkers. He was the NDP critic for Labour and Official Languages in his last term in parliament.

In 2003, he supported Bill Blaikie's campaign to lead the NDP.

Involvement with the New Brunswick NDP[edit]

As federal MP, Godin had a strained relationship with former New Brunswick New Democratic Party leader Elizabeth Weir. Following her resignation in 2005, however, there were rumours that Godin might resign his federal seat and run to replace her as provincial party leader at the party's 2005 leadership convention. Ultimately, Godin declined to stand as a candidate, and Allison Brewer was elected NB NDP leader.

Following a poor showing in the 2006 New Brunswick provincial election, Brewer also resigned, and there were renewed rumours Godin would seek the leadership. However Godin demurred again, instead endorsing former priest Roger Duguay. Duguay had run in the provincial riding of Miramichi Bay-Neguac in the last provincial election, and received 26.2% of the vote, the best showing of any NDP candidate. The Miramichi Bay-Neguac riding overlaps with Godin's federal riding. Duguay was subsequently elected leader at the party's October 13, 2007 leadership convention but resigned after a disappointing result in the 2010 provincial election

Godin also had a strained relationship with Duguay's successor, Dominic Cardy. Following the 2014 provincial election, Godin criticized Cardy's leadership saying that Cardy had moved the provincial party too far to the centre. “The problem, I think, with the provincial party, with Dominic, was that I think he was too much to the right to even be in the centre, and I think people read into that," said Godin who added: “I think it did hurt the party. People were looking for the NDP, they were doing really well, and [voters] wanted change from the existing parties that we have now, who are serving the big corporations and forgetting about the people. I think that’s what happened.”[1] Cardy retorted by accusing Godin of failing to involve himself in the development of the provincial party's platform, saying “He’s never been to a provincial party meeting during my time as leader.”[1]

Claim of breached privilege[edit]

In September 2014, Godin claimed that his privileges as a Member were breached when he was delayed in accessing the Parliamentary precinct during an official visit by German President Joachim Guack. In a committee meeting on October 21, video evidence was presented that showed Godin was delayed in crossing the street by just 70 seconds. In response, Godin demanded to know whether the video had been sped up.[2]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Yvon Godin 32,067 69.69 +12.27
Conservative Louis Robichaud 7,456 16.20 -2.39
Liberal Jean Marie Gionet 6,491 14.11 -7.86
Total valid votes/Expense limit 46,014 100.00 $82,557
Total rejected ballots 595 1.33
Turnout 46,609 70.71
Electors on the lists 65,915
New Democratic hold Swing +7.33
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Yvon Godin 25,740 57.4
Liberal Odette Robichaud 9,850 22.0
Conservative Jean-Guy Dubé 8,336 18.6
Green Michelle Aubin 904 2.0
Total valid votes 44,830
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Yvon Godin 25,195 49.90 -8.28
Liberal Marcelle Mersereau 15,504 30.71 +3.34
Conservative Serge Savoie 8,513 16.86 +5.05
Green Philippe Rouselle 699 1.38 -1.27
Independent Eric Landry 362 0.72 Ø
Independent Ulric Degrace 219 0.43 Ø
Total valid votes 50,492
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Yvon Godin 23,857 58.18 +11.57
Liberal Serge Rousselle 11,222 27.37 -12.90
Conservative Joel Bernard 4,841 11.81 -1.32
Green David Fullerton 1,085 2.65 Ø
Total valid votes 41,005

Change from 2000 is based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Yvon Godin 23,568 46.61 +6.08
Liberal Bernard Thériault 20,362 40.27 +4.91
Progressive Conservative Alcide Leger 4,321 8.55 -15.56
Alliance Jean Gauvin 2,314 4.58 Ø
Total valid votes 50,565
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Yvon Godin 21,113 40.53 +34.57
Liberal Doug Young 18,421 35.36 -30.99
Progressive Conservative Norma Landry 12,560 24.11 -3.58
Total valid votes 52,094


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