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( 2 bloc quebecois mp's have just announced there retirement plans , both were in their 70's so not a huge surprise , neither riding likely to be a cpc target although Brome Missisquoi could become one as it has been a federalist riding over the years )

Serge Menard will leave politics

Posted February 17, 2011
Posted February 17, 2011

Bloc MP county Marc-Aurèle-Fortin since 2004, Serge Menard, age 70, will not the next election, which many expect for spring.

The news was announced Thursday, Feb. 17 in the afternoon by the Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe. We are assured, however, that Mr. Menard will remain in office in the Commons until the election.

It was impossible to speak to the principal applicant at the end of the day, preferring to give it a few days before meeting the press, expressed his press secretary, Genevieve Blanchard.

"Mr. Menard is in great shape, "she said when questioned about whether the reason for his departure was linked to health problems.


After practicing his profession for over 25 years, the criminal lawyer made the jump into politics in 1993.

Under the banner of the Parti Quebecois was elected for the first time in Laval-des-Rapides-election of 13 December 1993.

Re-elected at elections of 1994 and 1998, Mr. Menard will occupy first as Minister of Public Safety in Parizeau's office before becoming owner of the Ministry of State for Greater Montréal within the Bouchard government in 1996.

In the summer of 1997 he became Minister of Justice and Attorney General, a position he will accumulate until mid-December 1998.

He will return to Public Safety at the end of 1998 until the elections of April 2003, where he was beaten. He has also held the portfolio of Transport in 2002 and 2003.

Finally, recall that Serge Menard had caused a shockwave in stating last November, having refused an allocation of $ 10,000 offered to him by the mayor Gilles Vaillancourt to finance his first election campaign in 1993. An allegation of attempted bribery had immediately denied outright the mayor of Laval.


Posted February 25, 2011 at 05:00 | Updated 05:00 AM

Christian Ouellet retires

Contrary to what he had told the Voice of the East about a month ago, the member for Brome-Missisquoi, Christian Ouellet will not run next term. He decided to retire at the next federal election.

Photo Archive La Voix de l'Est
Marie-Eve Lambert
La Voix de l'Est

(Cowansville) Contrary to what he had told the Voice of the East about a month ago, the member for Brome-Missisquoi, Christian Ouellet will not seek another term. He decided to retire at the next federal election.
Gilles Duceppe will also pass his office Cowansville at 11:30 this morning to announce a surprise bid, let know a statement issued by the Bloc Quebecois. And Christian Ouellet, he should take the opportunity to explain his about-face.

No name has now officially been mentioned, but according to the weekly Le Reflet du Lac Magog, one of the former mayor of the Township of Orford, Pierre Rodier, circulate. Information, however denied by the office of Mr. Ouellet and the main question.

Anyway, it will, they say, "a celebrity in the region."

In an interview with Voice of the East in mid-January, continuity did however clear to the member for Brome-Missisquoi. "I managed to build a relationship of proximity with people. It was our loyal customers. Why do people vote for someone who was not near them? "He said, referring to the Liberal Denis Paradis, who represented the Brome-Missisquoi for a decade before him.

At 76, Christian Ouellet was the senior parliamentarians in the House of Commons. He was elected in 2006 after an unsuccessful attempt in 2004.

Denis Paradis

At the announcement of the withdrawal policy of Christian Ouellet and the imminent arrival of a new Bloc, his nearest opponent, Liberal Denis Paradis, has been quite unmoved. "I think it will not change much, he said in a telephone interview with Voice of the East. I think whatever the Bloc candidate is chosen, it will do nothing more or nothing less. The question is simply not there. "

"It lies in the fact that people will have to choose their government, not its opposition because when you're in opposition, you can not aspire to change anything," he says.

In this regard, he welcomed the man what Ouellet Christian, but regretted that "the limits of his party made it impossible to change things."

"It was not an easy job as an MP from the Bloc, he had many things against him," he adds.

Without saying directly that he is more confident of winning the next election, said he felt "a movement in Brome-Missisquoi that will help us to dislodge the Bloc."

"I did a lot of ground and I met a lot of Bloc disappointed, wondering where it leads, the Bloc, but also conservatives who feel bitter at having been robbed of their party by Mr. Harper "he illustrates.

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