|Spokesperson of Québec debout|
Groupe parlementaire québécois (March — June)
March 21, 2018 – September 17, 2018
|Preceded by||Caucus founded|
|Succeeded by||Caucus dissolved|
|Leader of the Bloc Québécois |
October 22, 2015 – March 18, 2017
|Preceded by||Gilles Duceppe|
|Succeeded by||Martine Ouellet|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Pierre Dionne Labelle|
Rhéal Éloi Fortin
Laval-des-Rapides, Quebec, Canada
|Political party||Bloc Québécois|
|Québec debout (2018)|
A lawyer by profession, he is the president of Bissonnette Fortin Giroux, a law firm in Saint-Jérôme. He studied law at University of Sherbrooke. He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 election in Rivière-du-Nord as a member of the Bloc Québécois, and served as interim leader of the party after the resignation of leader Gilles Duceppe until the next leader, Martine Ouellet was named on March 18, 2017. He, along with six other Bloc MPs, resigned from the Bloc's caucus to sit as an independent MP on February 28, 2018 citing conflicts with Ouellet's leadership, and subsequently served as leader of Québec debout. He rejoined the Bloc Québécois caucus on September 17, 2018.
Fortin was named interim leader of the Bloc Québécois on October 22, 2015 following the resignation of Gilles Duceppe as leader after Duceppe was unable to win his seat in the October 19, 2015 federal election.
Fortin was born in Laval-des-Rapides, Quebec. He started working when he was 18. He completed a CEGEP electrician's diploma, equivalent to junior college. He was a worker in a factory in Laval from 1977 to 1985, then left to attend university to study law. After completing his legal education, he began practising law in Saint-Jérôme in 1992.
He has been politically active ever since high school, when he volunteered to put up lawn signs for the Parti Québécois. He ran for the Parti Québécois nomination for the election for the National Assembly of Quebec for Prévost, but lost to Gilles Robert. In 2015 he ran for the Bloc Québécois in the riding Rivière-du-Nord and won. He became the interim leader of Bloc Québécois on October 22, 2015. On December 7, 2016, he announced that he would not be seeking the permanent leadership of the party at its leadership election in 2017.
He served as the BQ's critic for intergovernmental affairs, human rights, justice, and access to information in the House of Commons until February 2018, when he and six other Bloc MPs quit the caucus and formed the Groupe parlementaire québécois in protest of Martine Ouellet's leadership style. Fortin was named the group's spokesperson on March 21, 2018.
|2015 Canadian federal election: Rivière-du-Nord|
|Bloc Québécois||Rhéal Fortin||18,157||32.05||+3.85||–|
|New Democratic||Pierre Dionne Labelle||17,077||30.14||-24.98||–|
|Liberal||Janice Bélair Rolland||14,933||26.36||+19.91||–|
|Rhinoceros||Fobozof A. Côté||261||0.46||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||56,657||100.0||$229,198.01|
|Total rejected ballots||1,044||–||–|
|Bloc Québécois gain from New Democratic||Swing||+14.42|
|Source: Elections Canada|
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- Allard, Clement (February 28, 2018). "Seven of 10 Bloc Quebecois MPs quit over Martine Ouellet's leadership". The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
- "5 Bloc Québécois MPs who quit party returning to the fold". CBC News. September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
- "Gilles Duceppe Stepping Down, Will Be Replaced By Rheal Fortin". Huffington Post. Canadian Press. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
- "Ex-Bloc MPs name spokesperson, no leader - The Hill Times". The Hill Times. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Rivière-du-Nord, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates