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Gilles Taillon

Gilles Taillon
Leader of the Action démocratique du Québec
In office
October 18, 2009 – November 19, 2009
Preceded by Sylvie Roy
Succeeded by Gérard Deltell
MNA for Chauveau
In office
April 25, 2007 – November 5, 2008
Preceded by Sarah Perreault
Succeeded by Gérard Deltell
Personal details
Born (1945-08-11) August 11, 1945 (age 68)
Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
Political party Action démocratique du Québec
Spouse(s) Gisele Last
Profession teacher, businessman

Gilles Taillon (born August 11, 1945) is the former leader of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ). A politician, teacher and businessman in Quebec, Canada; he was the ADQ Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA) for the district of Chauveau in the Quebec City area from the 2007 to the 2008 elections.

Though not currently sitting as an MNA, he was selected as the party's new leader in the Action démocratique du Québec leadership election on October 18, 2009. However, he announced his resignation from that position less than a month later following a caucus revolt.[1]


Taillon was born in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec. He studied at the Université de Montréal from 1967 to 1974 and received a bachelor's degree in arts and literature and a diploma in industrial relations.

Taillon was a teacher in secondary school for 5 years before being an adviser in working relations. He was a director for the Ministry of Education. He was also the operations vice-president for the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité au travail. Taillon also worked as a lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Conseil du patronat du Québec

Taillon was the president of the Conseil du patronat du Québec from 1998 to 2006.[2] The Conseil du Patronat is the main association for businesspeople across the province. Taillon was also heavily involved in the education sector, serving as general manager for the Sherbrooke school board, the human resources director for the defunct Gamelin school board in Gatineau and vice-president of the Federation des commissions scolaires du Quebec.

Provincial politics

In 2005 Taillon, who had previously been a Liberal supporter, joined the ADQ and served as president of the party from 2006 to 2007.

2007 election

In September 2006, Taillon decided to run for provincial politics in the 2007 election as one the ADQ's star candidates. He was easily elected in the Quebec City area riding of Chaveau with 56% of the vote. Liberal incumbent Sarah Perreault finished second with 22% of the vote.

While Taillon focussed on issues sensitive to the education system, he was among several candidates in favor of abolishing school boards across the province and giving the responsibility to municipalities.

On March 29, 2007, Taillon was appointed deputy leader of the Official Opposition.[3][4] On April 19, 2007, he was selected to be the Official Opposition's Shadow Minister of Finance.[5]

On April 25, 2008, Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois tabled a $900,000 lawsuit against Taillon after comments he made in which he linked Marois to the Norbourg financial scandal.[6]

2008 election

On October 31, 2008, Taillon announced that he would vacate his Chaveau seat and run for the riding of Chapleau, in the Outaouais region. According to La Presse, Taillon indicated that he was disappointed about politics and wanted to move to the Outaouais for personal reasons. Initially, it was rumoured he would run in the riding of Papineau against Liberal Chief Whip Norman MacMillan, before he decided to run in Chapleau, where former provincial Liberal cabinet minister Benoît Pelletier had announced that he did not intend to seek reelection.[7][8] Taillon lost his bid for election in Chapleau, finishing in third place behind the victorious Liberal, Marc Carrière, and Parti Québécois candidate Yves Morin.

Leadership campaign

Following the resignation of ADQ leader Mario Dumont after the 2008 general election, Taillon announced his candidacy for the leadership. His campaign manager was MNA François Bonnardel.[9]

Taillon was ultimately elected leader by two votes cast, over second-place rival Éric Caire.[10] The election result has been highly controversial, as it was later reported that a television personality, in an on-air stunt, voted in the election under the name of recently deceased Gabonese strongman Omar Bongo. Later reports also revealed that the party president, who was supposed to be neutral in the race, helped raise money and organize for Taillon. Following the narrow victory, Taillon named a new shadow cabinet that did not include a critic's role for his leadership rival, Caire. Caire later resigned from the party to sit as an independent MNA, joined by caucus colleague and supporter Marc Picard.[11]

On November 10, 2009, just 23 days after his election as party leader, Taillon announced a new leadership race, citing the party infighting and alleging irregularities in the party's financial affairs, dating back to 2003, which he had called in the Sûreté du Québec to investigate.[1]


External links

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  • Gilles Taillon
Political offices
Preceded by
Sylvie Roy
Leader of the Action démocratique du Québec
Succeeded by
Gérard Deltell
Preceded by
François Legault (PQ)
Official Opposition's Shadow Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
François Legault (PQ)
Preceded by
Yvon Picotte
President of Action démocratique du Québec
Succeeded by
Tom Pentefountas
Business positions
Preceded by
Denis Beauregard
President of Conseil du patronat du Québec
Succeeded by
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

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