Mario Beaulieu is the new MP for La Pointe-de-L’Île. He is the President and former leader of the Bloc Québécois. He gave up the leadership after convincing Gilles Duceppe to come back to the party for the 2015 election.
In his campaign for leader, Beaulieu was endorsed by the party’s youth wing and by former PQ MNAs Bernard Landry and Pierre Curzi. After his election as leader, Beaulieu quickly lost two of the party’s four remaining MPs and several party members when he made statements associated with the Front de libération du Québec and criticizing former leaders.
Beaulieu has been active in the sovereignty movement in Quebec for many years. He served as president of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, a sovereignist organization in Montreal, from 2009 to 2014, and worked as a spokesperson for the Mouvement Québec français, a coalition for the preservation and defence of the French language in Quebec.
He was also the president of the Montreal Centre riding association for the Parti Québécois from 1997 to 2002.
Beaulieu first ran as a candidate for the Bloc in 1997, losing to Pierre Pettigrew.