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Gérard Asselin

Gérard Asselin
MP
Member of Parliament
for Manicouagan
In office
2004–2011
Preceded by Ghislain Fournier
Succeeded by Jonathan Genest-Jourdain
Member of Parliament
for Charlevoix
In office
1993 – 2004
Preceded by Brian Mulroney
Succeeded by riding abolished
Personal details
Born (1950-04-19)April 19, 1950
Sainte-Flavie, Quebec
Died February 9, 2013(2013-02-09) (aged 62)
Political party Bloc Québécois
Spouse(s) Diane Gaudreault
Residence Baie-Comeau
Profession Foreman

Gérard Asselin (born April 19, 1950 in Sainte-Flavie, Quebec - February 9, 2013) was a Canadian politician.[1]

Asselin was a Bloc Québécois member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Manicouagan from 2004 to 2011 and Charlevoix from 1993 to 2004. At the end of the 37th Canadian Parliament, Asselin was the Bloc's Forestry critic. He also served as Natural Resources Critic.

In his first run for federal office, in 1993, Asselin won the riding of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in a landslide, finishing 16,500 votes ahead of his closest opponent. The Tory candidate finished a distant third, and nearly lost his deposit.[2] Asselin was reelected almost as easily in every election until losing to NDP challenger Jonathan Genest-Jourdain in 2011.

Asselin was a foreman, and was previously a city councillor in Baie-Comeau, Quebec from 1979 to 1993.

Asselin was one of the party's few more socially conservative members. In 2005, Asselin joined five other Bloc Québécois members opposing Bill C-38, which extended marriage rights to same-sex couples in Canada.

Electoral record (partial)

Canadian federal election, 2006: Manicouagan
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Gérard Asselin 18,601 51.10 −7.41 $57,481
Conservative Pierre Paradis 6,910 18.98 +14.06 $10,185
Liberal Randy Jones 5,214 14.32 −10.56 $21,522
New Democratic Pierre Ducasse 4,657 12.79 +2.46 $19,632
Green Jacques Gélineau 824 2.26 +0.90 $373
     Independent Eric Vivier 195 0.54 none listed
Total valid votes 36,401 100.00
Total rejected ballots 388
Turnout 36,789 57.00 +6.14
Electors on the lists 64,537
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2004: Manicouagan
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Gérard Asselin 19,040 58.51 +0.31 $55,674
Liberal Anthony Detroio 8,097 24.88 −5.00 $50,362
New Democratic Pierre Ducasse 3,361 10.33 +8.68 $22,691
Conservative Pierre Paradis 1,601 4.92 −5.35 $4,449
Green Les Parsons 444 1.36 $901
Total valid votes 32,543 100.00
Total rejected ballots 589
Turnout 33,132 50.86
Electors on the lists 65,142
Percentage change figures are factored for redistribution. Conservative Party percentages are contrasted with the combined Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative percentages from 2000.
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2000: Charlevoix
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Gérard Asselin 20,479 61.44 $74,392
Liberal Marjolaine Gagnon 9,308 27.93 $36,028
Alliance Pierre Paradis 1,905 5.72 $10,782
     Progressive Conservative Doris Grondin 1,154 3.46 $91
New Democratic Joss Duhaime 484 1.45 $180
Total valid votes 33,330 100.00
Total rejected ballots 923
Turnout 34,253 58.32
Electors on the lists 58,737
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.

References

  1. ^ "Gérard Asselin, ancien député fédéral, est mort | Est du Québec". Radio-Canada.ca. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  2. ^ "1993 Canadian Federal Election Results (Detail)". Esm.ubc.ca. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 

External links

  • How'd They Vote?: Gérard Asselin's voting history and quotes
  • Gérard Asselin – Parliament of Canada biography
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