Richard Décarie

Premier of Quebec 2020 Conservative Party of Canada leadership election Daniel Johnson Jr.

Richard Décarie (born 1959/1960) is a Canadian politician and business consultant from Montréal, Québec.


Décarie holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Université du Québec à Montréal, and a Master's degree in philosophy from Université de Sherbrooke.[1]

Business and Media career

Décarie has worked for World Vision Canada, the Quebec Food Processing Council (CTAQ),[2] and the Associations touristiques régionales associées du Québec (ATRAQ).

In 2014, Décarie co-hosted the lunchtime talk show Duhaime le midi with Éric Duhaime on RNC Media’s Radio X Montréal 91.9FM. From September 2014 to August 2015, Décarie was the political commentator on the same station’s daily morning talk show, Lemieux in the Morning.

Political career

Décarie was deputy chief of staff to Stephen Harper while he was the Leader of the Official Opposition, after he became leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.[3] He had previously been chief of staff and senior advisor to then Premier of Quebec Daniel Johnson Jr.

Conservative leadership campaign

Décarie announced his candidacy for the 2020 Conservative Party leadership race. Public and party criticism followed his statements regarding LGBTQ2 rights after mentioning he would "defund abortion", that being gay is a "choice" and that marriage should be reserved for a "man and a woman."[4] The Conservative Party's Leadership Candidate Nomination Committee decided not to approve Décarie's candidacy for party leadership in the month following these statements.[5]


  1. ^ "À Propos | Richard Décarie".
  2. ^ Montgomery, Sue. "Ruling calls imposition of ethics class 'totalitarian'. Archived 2010-06-27 at the Wayback Machine" The Gazette. June 21, 2010. Retrieved on September 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Johnson, William. Stephen Harper and the Future of Canada Toronto, Canada: McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 2006. 391.
  4. ^ "High-profile Conservatives condemn Richard Décarie's comments that being gay is a 'choice'". CTV News. January 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Conservative Party bars controversial candidate Richard Décarie from leadership race". CBC News. February 29, 2020. Retrieved February 29, 2020.