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Mario Dumont

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About Mario Dumont:

A fiscal and social conservative, Quebec ADQ leader Mario Dumont first won a seat in the Quebec National Assembly in 1994 at the age of 23. A popular leader, Mario Dumont had difficulty turning support for the party he helped found into seats and his pragmatic approach to politics gave him a reputation for shifting policies.

That changed in the 2007 Quebec provincial election. Although a sovereigntist in his early career, by 2007 Mario Dumont was calling for a politically and financially autonomous Quebec without separation. Mario Dumont also made ground on the issue of reasonable accommodation, claiming Quebec concessions to immigrants had gone too far. The ADQ won 41 seats and Official Opposition status. By 2008, the tide turned back sharply and Dumont's reputation as a "one-man party" caught up with him. The ADQ were reduced to just seven seats, losing official party status.

Leader of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ):

1994 to 2009

Birth:

May 19, 1970 in Cacouna, Quebec.

Education:

BA in economics - Concordia University, Montreal

Political Affiliation:

Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ)

Riding (Electoral Division):

Rivière-du-Loup

Political Career of Mario Dumont:

  • Mario Dumont held several positions with the Quebec Liberal Party Commission-Jeunesse, becoming Chair in 1991.

  • Mario Dumont was co-chair of the Network of Liberals Voting NO on Referendum on Charlottetown Accord in 1992.

  • Mario Dumont was the founding president of the ADQ party in 1994.

  • He became Leader of the ADQ in 1994.

  • Mario Dumont was first elected to the Quebec National Assembly in 1994.

  • In the 2007 Quebec provincial election, Mario Dumont led the ADQ to Official Opposition status, winning 41 seats in the National Assembly.

  • In the 2008 Quebec provincial election the ADQ was reduced to just seven seats. Mario Dumont announced that he would resign, leaving the future of the ADQ in doubt.

  • In March 2009, Mario Dumont officially left as ADQ leader and as an MNA, announcing his plans to host a daily television current events show on the TQS network.

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