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Ghislain Lebel

Quebec sovereignty movement Parti Québécois French-speaking Quebecer

Ghislain Lebel (born February 17, 1946 in Lévis, Quebec) is a Quebec politician and notary.

Background

Ghislain Lebel has been an activist in the Quebec independence movement since his teenage years, having been part of the Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale, the Mouvement souveraineté-association and the Parti Québécois since its early days.

Member of Parliament

Lebel ran as a Bloc Québécois candidate in the district of Chambly in the 1993 election and won. He was re-elected in the 1997 and 2000 elections.

On August 20, 2002, he crossed the floor and sat as an Independent, because of his sharp criticism of the Approche commune, an agreement with the Innu people signed by the Government of Quebec, then led by Bernard Landry and the Bloc's brother sovereigntist party, the Parti Québécois.

Lebel did not run for re-election in the 2004 election.

Parti Québécois leadership

He entered the Parti Québécois leadership campaign in 2005, in which he defended a more traditional form of nationalism and ideas relatively less to the left than the other social democratic candidates. He won 458 votes, 0.4% of all ballots cast.

Action démocratique du Québec

Lebel voted for the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) in protest in the 2007 Quebec election. He also considered running as a candidate of that party in the district of Chambly, but his offer was declined by party leader Mario Dumont.[1]

Parti indépendantiste

On April 22, 2008, Lebel joined the newly formed Parti indépendantiste. A week later, he announced his intention to run in a provincial election as the party's candidate. He came last of six candidates in the riding with less than 2% of the popular vote.[2]

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