Nancy Charest

Nancy Charest (November 28, 1959 – March 1, 2014) was a Canadian politician. She represented the electoral district of Matane in the National Assembly of Quebec from 2003 to 2007 as a member of the Quebec Liberal Party. She was defeated by Pascal Bérubé of the Parti Québécois in the 2007 provincial election.

Nancy Charest
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Matane
In office
April 14, 2003  March 26, 2007
Preceded byMatthias Rioux
Succeeded byPascal Bérubé
Personal details
Born(1959-11-28)November 28, 1959
Matane, Quebec
DiedMarch 1, 2014(2014-03-01) (aged 54)
Matane, Quebec
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceMatane, Quebec

She ran as the Liberal Party of Canada's candidate for the district of Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia in the 2008 federal election. She lost to Bloc Québécois incumbent Jean-Yves Roy, but received the highest vote percentage of any non-winning Liberal candidate in the province outside of the Montreal area.

Charest was found dead on March 1, 2014 along a road in her native Matane, Quebec. The cause of death was hypothermia, caused by exposure while Charest was heavily intoxicated.[1] She was 54 years old.[2][3]

Electoral record

2003 Quebec general election: Matane
Party Candidate Votes%
LiberalNancy Charest7,60240.84
Parti QuébécoisPascal Bérubé7,56940.67
Action démocratiqueRaynald Bernier3,00516.14
IndependentNelson Gauthier1780.96
IndependentNestor Turcotte1350.73
GreenDavid Lejeune1240.67
2007 Quebec general election: Matane
Party Candidate Votes%
Parti QuébécoisPascal Bérubé7,83039.10
LiberalNancy Charest7,61738.04
Action démocratiqueDonald Grenier3,98019.88
Québec solidaireBrigitte Michaud3581.79
GreenFrançois Vincent2401.20
2008 Canadian federal election: Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
Party Candidate Votes%±%
Bloc QuébécoisJean-Yves Roy11,97737.5%-8.5%
LiberalNancy Charest11,36835.6%+22.5%
ConservativeJérôme Landry5,74318.0%-11.7%
New DemocraticJulie Demers1,4974.6%-1.6%
GreenLouis Drainville1,1393.5%+0.8%
IndependentLiliane Potvin1750.5%-1.8%
Total valid votes 31,899
Turnout 43.6%
Bloc Québécois hold Swing -15.5
2011 Canadian federal election: Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
Bloc QuébécoisJean-François Fortin12,63336.05-1.48
LiberalNancy Charest8,96425.58-10.02
New DemocraticJoanie Boulet7,48421.36+16.67
ConservativeAllen Cormier5,25314.99-3.08
GreenLouis Drainville7072.02-1.55
Total valid votes/Expense limit 35,041100.00
Total rejected ballots 3931.11 +0.07
Turnout 35,43459.81 +5.43
Eligible voters 59,242


  1. "Coroner: Death of MNA caused by hypothermia". CJAD Newse. September 24, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  2. "Former Liberal MNA Nancy Charest found dead". Montreal Gazette. March 2, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  3. Dupéré, Bernard (March 2, 2014). "Décès de l'ancienne députée Nancy Charest" [Death of the former member Nancy Charest]. TVA Nouvelles. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
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