Lise St-Denis

Lise St-Denis (born April 18, 1940) is a Canadian former politician. She was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 election and served a single term.[1] She was elected in the electoral district of Saint-Maurice—Champlain as a member of the New Democratic Party, but crossed the floor to the Liberal Party of Canada on January 10, 2012, saying in French to explain her move: "Voters voted for Jack Layton. Jack Layton is dead."[2][3]

Lise St-Denis

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Maurice—Champlain
In office
May 30, 2011  October 19, 2015
Preceded byJean-Yves Laforest
Succeeded byFrançois-Philippe Champagne
Personal details
Born (1940-04-18) April 18, 1940
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal Party (2012–present)
Other political
New Democratic Party (2011–2012)

Prior to being elected, St-Denis was a teacher. She has bachelor's master's degrees in Quebec literature and education. She previously ran as the New Democratic Party's candidate in Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher in the 2008 election, losing to Jean Dorion of the Bloc Québécois.

Shortly after her election, St-Denis was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.[4] St-Denis did not stand for re-election in 2015.

Before joining the Liberals, St-Denis supported Thomas Mulcair to be the next leader of the NDP.[5]

Electoral history


2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
New DemocraticLise St-Denis18,62839.1+31.3
Bloc QuébécoisJean-Yves Laforest13,96129.3-14.7
ConservativeJacques Grenier8,44717.7-6.2
LiberalYves Tousignant5,67011.9-9.1
GreenPierre Audette9722.0-1.4
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,678 100.0
Total rejected ballots 1,193 2.4
Turnout 48,87160.8
Eligible voters 80,315


2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
Bloc QuébécoisJean Dorion23,11846.1-9.1$49,818
LiberalRyan Hillier10,92021.8+9.2$10,797
ConservativeJacques Bouchard7,21014.4-4.4$55,552
New DemocraticLise St-Denis7,02114.0+5.4$1,131
GreenDanielle Moreau1,7523.5-0.5
Marxist–LeninistSerge Patenaude1030.2
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,124 100.0 $83,504
Total rejected ballots 682 1.34
Turnout 50,806


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