Richard Legendre

Richard Legendre (born January 19, 1953) is a former professional tennis player and politician in Quebec, Canada.


Legendre was born in Montreal, Quebec. He once represented Canada at the Davis Cup and had a career-high tennis ranking of World No. 232 in singles (December 1978). He played NCAA collegiate tennis at Florida State University in 1972 and 1973.[1]


He was the Quebec minister of sports in Bernard Landry's cabinet, after being elected as a Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Blainville in 2001. In 2005 he was a candidate in the Parti Québécois's leadership election, a bid notably supported by former Quebec minister François Legault and sprinter and olympic medalist Bruny Surin. Legendre placed third with 7.5% of the vote.

In the 2007 elections, Legendre was surprisingly defeated by the Action democratique du Quebec's Pierre Gingras who was a former mayor for the City of Blainville. The party nearly won every seat in the lower Laurentians region.[2] He is currently Vice-President of Montreal Impact; he was nominated on August 13, 2007.[3]

Electoral record (partial)

Quebec provincial by-election, October 1, 2001: Blainville
Party Candidate Votes%
Parti QuébécoisRichard Legendre10,32346.25
LiberalJocelyne Roch8,99040.28
Action démocratiqueMichel Paulette2,1869.79
Bloc PotSylvain Mainville3841.72
Alternative progressisteThérèse Hamel3391.52
IndependentRégent Millette970.44
Total valid votes 22,31998.63
Rejected and declined votes 3091.37
Turnout 22,62848.58
Electors on the lists 46,581
Source: Elections Quebec

See also


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National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Céline Signori (PQ)
MNA, District of Blainville
Succeeded by
Pierre Gingras (ADQ)

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