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The Honourable
Mauril A. Bélanger
Member of Parliament
for Ottawa—Vanier
Assumed office
Preceded by Jean-Robert Gauthier
Personal details
Born June 15, 1955(1955-06-15) (age 67)
Mattawa, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Catherine Bélanger
Residence Ottawa
Profession Administrator, political adviser
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

Mauril A. Bélanger, PC, MP (born June 15, 1955) is a Member of the Canadian Parliament from the Liberal Party, representing Ottawa-Vanier. Bélanger has been involved in advocacy for the rights of Franco-Ontarians.

Bélanger was first elected to Parliament on February 13, 1995 in a by-election. His predecessor, Jean-Robert Gauthier, was appointed to the Senate.

Bélanger represents the riding of Ottawa—Vanier in the eastern part of the city, an electoral district containing diverse economic and social classes. It is home to many ethnic communities and has a large Francophone population. Ottawa-Vanier is considered a solid Liberal riding, having returned a Liberal MP since its creation in 1935, usually in a landslide. Bélanger himself has won by large margins in the 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2008 elections. He won re-election for a seventh term by a reduced margin with 38.2% of the vote in the May 2011 election.

As member of Parliament, Bélanger has served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, member of the Standing Committee on the Library of Parliament and member of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Urban Issues. From July 1998 to August 2000, he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. In December 2003, he was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Chief Government Whip.


Belanger has earned recognition for his promotion of francophone rights.

He has also stated his belief in the value of co-ops, and is currently the Liberal party advocate for co-operatives.

"Co-operatives create jobs and contribute to regional economies where private businesses would not see the desired returns on equity. This is particularly true in rural areas, where often the only convenient store or gas station is a Co-op and the only financial institution in town is a credit union. Co-operatives follow a model that greatly empowers each member, resulting in a wonderful combination of business success and social responsibility—which plays an important role in the economy and in our communities."[2]

In 2012, Belanger asked the House of Commons to create a committee to examine the role of co-ops in the Canadian economy. This motion was unanimously passed by the House of Commons.[3]

Early life

Bélanger was born in Mattawa, Ontario, a small logging town in Eastern Ontario.

He graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1977, where he had served as President of the Student Federation. In the early 1980s, he worked for Jean-Luc Pépin, then Minister of Transport. In the mid to late 1980s, he worked as a registered investment advisor. He was then the Chief of Staff to Peter Clark (Chair of the Regional Council of Ottawa-Carleton).


He was given the title of Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Pléiade in 2005. The Ordre de la Pléiade is a francophone order which focuses on contributions made to international friendship and cooperation. In 2007, László Sólyom, President of Hungary, made him an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. In April 2009, the Royal Canadian Legion recognized Belanger's for his contribution to the promotion of goodwill.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Mauril Bélanger 20,009 38.17 -8.03
New Democratic Trevor Haché 15,391 29.36 +12.30
Conservative Rem Westland 14,184 27.06 -0.22
Green Caroline Rioux 2,716 5.18 -3.40
Marxist–Leninist Christian Legeais 122 0.23 -0.02
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,422 100.00
Total rejected ballots 316 0.60 +0.07
Turnout 52,738 68.24 +4.20
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Mauril Bélanger 23,948 46.20 +3.89 $79,668
Conservative Patrick Glémaud 14,138 27.28 -1.39 $53,405
New Democratic Trevor Haché 8,845 17.06 -4.75 $30,040
Green Akbar Manoussi 4,447 8.58 +1.98 $3,842
Independent Robert Larter 227 0.44
Marxist–Leninist Christian Legeais 130 0.25 +0.04
Canadian Action Michel St-Onge 100 0.19 $149
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,835 100.00 $85,605
Total rejected ballots 277 0.53
Turnout 52,112 64.04
     Liberal hold Swing +2.64
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Mauril Bélanger 23,567 42.31 -6.86
Conservative Paul Benoit 15,970 28.67 +4.48
New Democratic Ric Dagenais 12,145 21.81 +3.27
Green Raphaël Thierrin 3,675 6.60 -0.27
Progressive Canadian James C. Parsons 221 0.40
Marxist–Leninist Alexandre Legeais 117 0.21 -0.28
Total valid votes 55,695 100.00
     Liberal hold Swing -5.67
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Mauril Bélanger 25,952 49.17 -6.40
Conservative Kevin Friday 12,769 24.19 -6.95
New Democratic Ric Dagenais 9,787 18.54 +9.83
Green Raphaël Thierrin 3,628 6.87 +4.62
Marijuana Carol Taylor 558 1.06 -0.45
Marxist–Leninist Françoise Roy 85 0.49 +0.34
Total valid votes 52,779 100.00
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Mauril Bélanger 26,749 55.57 -6.30
Alliance Nestor Gayowsky 7,590 15.77 +5.97
Progressive Conservative Stephen Woollcombe 7,400 15.37 +1.77
New Democratic Joseph Zebrowski 4,194 8.71 -3.28
Green Adam Sommerfeld 1,083 2.25 +0.94
Marijuana Raymond Turmel 728 1.51
Natural Law Pierrette Blondin 187 0.39 -0.27
Canadian Action Raymond Samuéls 131 0.27
Marxist–Leninist Kim Roberge 74 0.15 -0.13
Total valid votes 48,136 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Mauril Bélanger 30,728 61.87 +1.14
Progressive Conservative Luc Edmund Barrick 6,754 13.60 +3.92
New Democratic David Gagnon 5,952 11.99 +5.57
Reform Roy Grant 4,868 9.80 -10.76
Green Richard Guy Briggs 651 1.31
Natural Law Roger Bouchard 330 0.66 +0.10
Independent César Antonio Bello 241 0.49
Marxist–Leninist Robert Rival 138 0.28 -0.03
Total valid votes 49,662 100.00


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Cabinet Posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
vacant Minister for Internal Trade
Albina Guarnieri Associate Minister of National Defence
' Minister of State
styled as
Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Pierre Pettigrew Minister responsible for Official Languages
Josée Verner
Jacques Saada Minister responsible for Democratic Reform
Position retitled - see Belinda Stronach
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Paul DeVillers Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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