Blanchet in October 2009
|Leader of the Bloc Québécois|
|Assumed office |
January 17, 2019
|Preceded by||Mario Beaulieu (interim)|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 21, 2019
|Preceded by||Matthew Dubé|
|Member of the Quebec National Assembly for Johnson|
September 4, 2012 – April 7, 2014
|Preceded by||Étienne-Alexis Boucher|
|Succeeded by||André Lamontagne|
|Member of the Quebec National Assembly for Drummond|
December 8, 2008 – September 4, 2012
|Preceded by||Sébastien Schneeberger|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
|Born||April 16, 1965|
|Political party||Parti Québécois|
Life and career
Blanchet was born in Drummondville, Quebec, the son of Pierrette Bédard, a nurse, and Raymond Blanchet, a technician and lineman. He is a graduate from the Université de Montréal where he obtained a bachelor's degree in history and anthropology in 1987. He later worked as a teacher and was a founder of an artist, disc and concert management firm, YFB Inc. while being the president of the ADISQ from 2003 to 2006. He was named the local business personality of the year by the Drummondville Chamber of Commerce, while he and associated artists received 10 Félix Awards.
Blanchet was elected to represent the riding of Drummond in the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2008 provincial election. In the 2012 election, he was reelected, this time in Johnson electoral district. He was defeated by Coalition Avenir Québec candidate André Lamontagne in the 2014 Quebec election. A member of the Parti Québécois (PQ), Blanchet was Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks from 2012 until 2014. He was also a member of the Youth National Committee of the Parti Québécois in 1988 as well as a regional director of the PQ.
On November 26, 2018, Blanchet announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Bloc Québécois (BQ). As no other candidate had entered the race by the time nominations closed on January 15, 2019, Blanchet was officially acclaimed leader on January 17, 2019.
In the 2019 election, the Bloc polling number rose to his alignment towards the popular Francois Legault's CAQ government. he won his seat of Beloeil—Chambly. Under Blanchet's leadership, the BQ increased its number of seats from 10 in 2015, to 32 seats in 2019, both over taking the NDP to become the third largest party in Canada and regaining official party status.
|2019 Canadian federal election: Beloeil—Chambly|
|** Preliminary results — Not yet official **|
|Bloc Québécois||Yves-François Blanchet||35,068||50.5||+22.82|
|New Democratic||Matthew Dubé||10,086||14.5||-16.57|
|Indépendence du Québec||Michel Blondin||205||0.3||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||69,490||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||1,064|
|Bloc Québécois gain from New Democratic||Swing||+19.79|
|Source: Elections Canada|
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Media related to Yves-François Blanchet at Wikimedia Commons