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Éric Dorion

Éric Dorion
MNA for Nicolet-Yamaska
In office
April 25, 2007 – November 5, 2008
Preceded by Michel Morin
Succeeded by Jean-Martin Aussant
Personal details
Born (1970-06-24) June 24, 1970 (age 44)
Drummondville, Quebec
Political party Action démocratique du Québec
Spouse(s) Gina Bilodeau

Éric Dorion (born June 2, 1970) is an administrator and politician in the Canadian province of Quebec. He served in the National Assembly of Quebec from 2007 to 2008, representing Nicolet-Yamaska as a member of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ).

Early life and career

Dorion was born in Drummondville, Quebec, and by his own admission had a troubled early life. He received a two-year suspended sentence for illegal possession of a vehicle in 1992, at a time when he was battling drug and alcohol addiction.[1] He has also admitted to having written false cheques in this period.[2] He later regained control of his life and began working for the treatment and prevention of drug addiction; he founded the intervention centre "De l'autre côté de l'ombre" in 1996 and served as its president and director until his election to the Quebec legislature. He also completed a training program in drug addiction and psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in 1997-98.

In his spare time, he has been a minor league hockey coach in Bécancour.[3]

Legislator

Dorion was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2007 general election, winning a seat that was previously held by the Parti Québécois. His criminal background was discovered by the media during the campaign and was reported in newspapers across Canada; he initially denied having a police record, but acknowledged the truth when presented with incontrovertible evidence. ADQ leader Mario Dumont accused the media of conducting a "witch hunt" against Dorion, whom he said had turned his life around several years earlier.[4] After his election, Dorion said that his top priority would be preventing drug addiction.[5]

The Quebec Liberal Party formed a minority government after the 2007 election, and the ADQ became the official opposition in the National Assembly. Dorion was appointed as his party's critic for social solidarity.[6] As a legislator, he took part in all-party efforts to ensure that future Quebec legislation would be free of homophobia.[7] He later helped promote his party's controversial social security reforms in the 2008 Quebec election.[8]

Dorion was personally defeated in 2008, finishing third against Parti Québécois candidate Jean-Martin Aussant amidst a provincial swing away from the ADQ. He returned to work at "De l'autre côté de l'ombre" after the election.[3]

Electoral record

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