Alain Rayes

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Alain Rayes

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Chair of the Quebec Caucus
of the Conservative Party of Canada
Assumed office
June 2017
LeaderAndrew Scheer
Preceded byDenis Lebel
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Richmond—Arthabaska
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byAndré Bellavance
Mayor of Victoriaville
In office
November 9, 2009 – October 21, 2015
Preceded byRoger Richard
Succeeded byChristian Lettre (interim)
Personal details
Born (1971-12-11) December 11, 1971 (age 47)
Victoriaville, Quebec
Political partyConservative (Federal)
CAQ (Provincial)
Other political
affiliations
ADQ (2003–2012)

Alain Rayes MP (born December 11, 1971) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Richmond—Arthabaska in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 Canadian federal election. Rayes also served as the mayor of Victoriaville.

Biography[edit]

Alain Rayes is a native of Victoriaville, He is the eldest of four children of a family originally from Egypt. From a young age, he began to get involved in his community, including as soccer coach at AAA and taking the reins of Victoriaville soccer tournament that grew to a prominent position among the three largest tournaments in Quebec.

Academically, he earned a bachelor of mathematics teaching and computer and picks later a Masters in Educational Administration. He began his career as a teacher before obtaining management positions, including Director of the Polyvalente Le Boise Victoriaville. He made his first jump into politics as a candidate for the ADQ alongside Mario Dumont in 2003. His passion for politics and community service took him to the town of Victoriaville in 2009. After six years as mayor, he decided to enter federal politics and was elected in October 2015 as the member for Richmond-Arthabaska under the banner of the Conservative party.

Everyone knows, Alain Rayes is also very active on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Accessibility and relevance have ensured that the national media have quickly recognized as a benchmark for working on different issues. His sense of depth communication and knowledge have allowed him to become known throughout Quebec.

Municipal achievements[edit]

During his two terms as mayor, Rayes was the conductor of a recapitalization and an unprecedented improvement of infrastructure in the municipality. For this, he was able to gather important partners from all circles. As business people, that the federal and provincial governments, as well as the Bois-Francs School Board and the Cégep de Victoriaville joined him to allow the construction of several new infrastructures that helped propel the city to a higher level. These achievements include the construction of the cultural venue "Le Carré 150" Pool Édouard-Dubord, of Yvon-Paré Stadium, Gateway Beaudet reservoir, the park's entertainment site at the youth baseball place of Victoriaville Stadium, Sani-Marc sports Complex and the sport Complex Promutuel. These projects were designed to meet the needs of the population, but also that Victoriaville stands and to be attractive to the workforce. Responsible politician, Alain Rayes did not neglect then investment in upgrading of municipal infrastructures such as roads, sewers, aqueducts, and parks by investing record amounts, and without increasing the debt nor the citizens' taxes. As mayor, Alain Rayes was not content to be active at the level of the municipality only. He invested the Union of Quebec Municipalities and it did not have to wait long before being appointed as second vice president of the organization and as chairman of the Caucus regional cities of the UMQ. These appointments reflect his desire to be an agent of change nationwide. In addition to contributing to radiate Victoriaville, these implications have allowed him to directly influence the development of municipalities in Quebec.

Federal politics[edit]

Upon his election as MP, Alain Rayes was noted for his dynamism. Soon, he was entrusted with important responsibilities in the Party when he was appointed deputy spokesman for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Within this portfolio, Rayes will be in charge of the marijuana legalization issue and conduct several interviews and interventions room about it. His public interventions will also be on the issue of electoral reform as he is identified with Gérard Deltell, among the official spokesmen of the party on this issue. Then in July 2016, the interim leader of the Conservative Party put him in charge of deputy spokesman for Foreign Affairs before becoming spokesman partner on infrastructure, communities and Urban Affairs in September and entering the shadow cabinet soon its first year. In this capacity, he has especially defended infrastructure investments in areas where the needs are great.

Electoral record[edit]

Federal[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Richmond—Arthabaska
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Alain Rayes 18,505 31.6 +6.9
Liberal Marc Desmarais 14,463 24.7 +17.7
New Democratic Myriam Beaulieu 14,213 24.2 -8.3
Bloc Québécois Olivier Nolin 10,068 17.2 -16.6
Green Laurier Busque 984 1.7 -0.4
Rhinoceros Antoine Dubois 384 0.7
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $223,651.10
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
Eligible voters 85,118
Source: Elections Canada[1][2]

Provincial[edit]

2003 Quebec general election: Arthabaska
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Claude Bachand 12,663 36.77
Action démocratique Alain Rayes 11,389 33.07
Parti Québécois Danièle Caron 9,657 28.04
Green François Houle 379 1.10
Bloc Pot Karine Cyr 353 1.02
Total valid votes 34,441 99.15
Total rejected ballots 269 0.85
Turnout 34,737 73.58
Electors on the lists 47,185

Municipal[edit]

2013 Vote %
Alain Rayes (X) Acclaimed
2009 Vote %
Alain Rayes 10,807 62.8
Éric Lefebvre 5,722 33.2
Martin Talbot 524 3.0
René Martineau 161 0.9

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