Michel Dupuy

Michel Dupuy, PC (born January 11, 1930) is a Canadian diplomat,[1][2] journalist, academic and politician. Born in Paris, France, his father was Pierre Dupuy who was also a Canadian diplomat.

Dupuy was a long time diplomat in the Department of External Affairs. He served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1980 to 1981, and Ambassador to France from 1981 to 1985.

He subsequently entered politics and was defeated in his attempt to win a seat in the House of Commons of Canada in the 1988 election. He was elected on his second attempt in the 1993 election as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Laval West. He immediately joined the Cabinet, serving concurrently as Minister of Communications and Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship from 1993 until January 1996. During his tenure, the departments he oversaw were merged into the new Department of Canadian Heritage

Dupuy came under fire for "representing a constituency in a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) application" because he was the minister responsible for the agency, and was subsequently dropped from Cabinet.

He did not run in the 1997 election.

Electoral record

1993 Canadian federal election: Laval West
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalMichel Dupuy28,44946.24$60,506
  Bloc Québécois Michel Leduc 26,460 43.01 $44,789
  Progressive Conservative Guy Ricard 4,167 6.77 $59,586
  New Democratic Party Marcella Tardif-Provencher 678 1.10 $2,926
  Libertarian Rick Blatter 649 1.05 $4,038
  Natural Law Eddy Gagné 546 0.89 $270
  National Cyril G. MacNeil 280 0.46 $4,218
  Commonwealth John Ajemian 187 0.30 $0
  Abolitionist Georges Vaudrin 109 0.18 $0
Total valid votes 61,525 100.00
Total rejected ballots 1,765
Turnout 63,290 79.62
Electors on the lists 79,486
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from official contributions and expenses provided by Elections Canada.


  1. "Canada wins new air routes to U.S. cities". Montreal Gazette. 11 September 1973. p. 1. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  2. "Canada Supports Israel In Un Vote On Occupied Territories". Ottawa Citizen. 30 July 1980. p. 64. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Gerry Weiner Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship
styled as Minister of Canadian Heritage
Sheila Copps
Monique Landry Minister of Communications
styled as Minister of Canadian Heritage
Sheila Copps
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Hickson Barton
Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
April 1980 – May 1981
Succeeded by
Gérard Pelletier
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