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Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac 

Assumed office 
September 17, 2007
Preceded by Yvan Loubier

Born February 6, 1972 (1972-02-06) (age 37)
Political party Bloc Québécois
Residence Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Profession Political assistant

Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac (born February 6, 1972) is a Canadian politician. She was elected to the Canadian House of Commons on September 17, 2007, as the Bloc Québécois candidate in the Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot by-election, defeating the Conservative candidate Bernard Barré.[1]

Born in Vietnam, Thi Lac was adopted at age two by a Quebec family and grew up on a farm near Acton Vale. Prior to her election, she worked for her predecessor, Yvan Loubier, as an executive assistant in his constituency office.

She is the first Vietnamese Canadian ever elected to the Canadian House of Commons.[2] She acknowledged that racism was a factor at the outset of her campaign, but stressed her local roots by joking that having grown up on a farm, she was the only candidate in the race who knew how to castrate a pig.[2] She later credited her willingness to simply talk to people as her most effective strategy:

I feel it enormously, but I explain my origins and people are receptive. I would say what scares people a little is difference, but when they speak to me, when they see me, when I am asked about my values, they see no difference between them and me.[2]

She was re-elected in the 2008 election.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Bloc Québécois Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac 22,719 47.3% +5.2
     Conservative René Vincelette 10,203 21.2% -16.0
     New Democrat Brigitte Sansoucy 6,721 14.0% +6.1
     Liberal Denise Tremblay 6,638 13.8% +6.4
     Green Jacques Tétreault 1,771 3.7% +0.0
Total 48,052
By-election on September 17, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Bloc Québécois Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac 13,443 42.1% -13.9
     Conservative Bernard Barré 11,965 37.5% +12.7
     New Democrat Brigitte Sansoucy 2,538 7.9% +2.4
     Liberal Jean Caumartin 2,379 7.4% -2.4
     Green Jacques Tétreault 1,169 3.7% -0.2 Christian Willie Vanasse 384 1.2%
     Canadian Action Michel St-Onge 61 0.19%
Total 31,949


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