Claude Gravelle

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Claude Gravelle

Shadow Minister for Natural Resources
In office
October 1, 2011 – April 18, 2012
LeaderNycole Turmel
Preceded byRomeo Saganash
Succeeded byPeter Julian
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Nickel Belt
In office
October 14, 2008 – August 2, 2015
Preceded byRay Bonin
Succeeded byMarc Serré
Personal details
Born (1949-10-26) October 26, 1949 (age 69)[1]
Sudbury, Ontario
Political partyNew Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Marie-Claire Breton
Professionmachinist, labour union organizer

Claude Gravelle (born October 26, 1949) is a former Canadian politician, first elected to represent the electoral district of Nickel Belt in the 2008 Canadian federal election. He is a member of the New Democratic Party and was defeated in the 2015 Canadian federal election

Gravelle is a retired machinist and union organizer at Inco's mining operations in Sudbury, where he was a member of the United Steelworkers union. Gravelle first entered politics in 1997 on the town council of Rayside-Balfour. He did not run for re-election to Greater Sudbury City Council following the municipal amalgamation in the 2000 municipal election, but became co-chair of the Rayside-Balfour community action network. He ran for re-election to city council in the 2003 municipal election, but was not elected.

Gravelle ran as the federal New Democratic Party candidate in Nickel Belt in the 2004 and 2006 federal elections, losing narrowly to incumbent MP Ray Bonin both times. He won the riding in 2008 following Bonin's retirement, easily beating the new Liberal candidate, former city councillor Louise Portelance. In 2015, he lost to Liberal challenger Marc Serré.

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marc Serré 21,021 42.95
New Democratic Claude Gravelle 18,382 37.56
Conservative Aino Laamanen 8,221 16.79
Green Stuart McCall 1,217 2.48
Marxist–Leninist Dave Starbuck 98 0.2
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,939 100.0     $232,749.08
Total rejected ballots
Eligible voters 72,134
Source: Elections Canada[2][3]
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Claude Gravelle 19,019 46.5%
Liberal Louise Portelance 10,713 26.2%
Conservative Ian McCracken 8,851 21.7%
Green Fred Twilley 2,050 5.0%
Marxist–Leninist Steve Rutchinski 125 0.3%
Independent Yves Villeneuve 115 0.3%
Total valid votes 40,873
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 40,873 57.9%
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Ray Bonin 19,775
New Democratic Claude Gravelle 17,668
Conservative Margaret Schwartzentruber 5,822
Progressive Canadian Mathieu Péron 1,044
Green Mark McAllister 975
Marijuana Michel D. Ethier 421
Marxist–Leninist Steve Rutchinski 42
2004 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Ray Bonin 17,188
New Democratic Claude Gravelle 13,980
Conservative Mike Dupont 7,628
Green Steve Lafleur 1,031
Marijuana Michel D. Ethier 430
Independent Don Lavallee 217
Marxist–Leninist Steve Rutchinski 51


  1. ^ "Claude Gravelle". 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  2. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Nickel Belt, 30 September 2015
  3. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine

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