|MNA for Hull|
|Preceded by||Jocelyne Ouellette|
|Succeeded by||Robert LeSage|
|Member of Parliament for Hull—Aylmer|
|Preceded by||Gaston Isabelle|
|Succeeded by||Marcel Massé|
|Born||28 August 1935|
Hull, Quebec, Canada
|Died||27 June 1998 62)(aged|
|Political party||Quebec Liberal Party|
Liberal Party of Canada → Bloc Québécois
Rocheleau was born in Hull, Quebec, he was a businessman by career. His post-secondary education was at the University of Ottawa. He became a city councillor in 1967, then mayor from 1974 to 1981. He was elected as a member of the National Assembly of Quebec in 1981 in Hull as a member of the Liberal Party of Quebec. He was again elected to the Assembly in 1985 and became a cabinet minister in Premier Robert Bourassa's administration.
He left provincial politics to campaign in the 1988 federal election in the Hull—Aylmer electoral district for the national Liberal party. He served in the 34th Canadian Parliament until he left the party on 2 July 1990 following the implosion of the Meech Lake Accord. After several months as an independent, he became a charter member of the Bloc Québécois party on 20 December 1990.
However, Rocheleau's embrace of Quebec sovereigntism did not play well in his strongly federalist riding, and he was roundly defeated by Liberal candidate Marcel Massé in the 1993 federal election, losing almost half of his vote from 1988.
He was married twice: to Denise Gagné in 1956 and then later to Hélène Roy.
Rocheleau died in Hull at the age of 62.
Electoral record (partial)
|1993 Canadian federal election|
|Bloc Québécois||Gilles Rocheleau||14,293||27.20|
|Progressive Conservative||Pierre Chénier||3,244||6.17||-25.70|
|New Democratic||Francine Bourque||1,346||2.56||-12.83|
|Natural Law||Robert Mayer||401||0.76|
|Total valid votes||52,548||100.00|
|1988 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||Nicole Moreault||14,849||31.87||-5.15|
|New Democratic||Danielle Lapointe-Vienneau||7,170||15.39||-4.23|
|Rhinoceros||Denis Le Citron Patenaude||661||1.42|
|Total valid votes||46,591||100.00|
|1981 Quebec general election: Hull|
|Parti Québécois||Jocelyne Ouellette||15,116||48.30|
|Union Nationale||Joe McGovern||263||0.84||–|
|Total valid votes||31,294||100.00|
|Rejected and declined votes||530|
|Electors on the lists||39,686|
- Normandin, Pierre G. (1989). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. InfoGlobe.
- Gilles Rocheleau – Parliament of Canada biography
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- Hansard (House of Commons Debates) #128: The Late Gilles Rocheleau, 29 September 1998.