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Pierre Ducasse (born August 18, 1972), a Canadian politician, is a prominent New Democratic Party (NDP) activist.

He grew up in Sept-Îles, Quebec, and studied at Université Laval. A party member since age 17, he was appointed interim vice-president of the federal party in 2000, and was elected to the post at the NDP convention in Winnipeg in November 2001.

Pierre Ducasse at an NDP rally in Ottawa, January, 2008.

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2003 NDP leadership election

In January 2003, he became the first francophone Quebecer to run for the federal leadership of the party. Although he placed fifth among the six candidates, his campaign was widely acclaimed for raising the profile of the NDP in Quebec and vice versa. Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, endorsed him prior to the first ballot.

Jack Layton, the Quebec-born winner of the leadership election, appointed Ducasse to be the party's Quebec lieutenant and official spokesman in Quebec. Ducasse held the post of Quebec Lieutenant through two elections until the spring of 2007 when he was replaced by Thomas Mulcair, a former Member of the National Assembly of Quebec and Quebec cabinet minister.

Federal elections

Ducasse was the NDP candidate for the riding of Manicouagan three times, first in the federal election of 1997 then in the 2004 Canadian federal election, and then in the 2006 election. In 2008, Ducasse was the NDP candidate in the riding of Hull-Aylmer.

In 2004, he finished third Manicouagan, in a race won by Gérard Asselin of the Bloc Québécois. In 2006,again in Manicouagan, Ducasse placed fourth, but improved his overall result to 4,657 votes or 12.8%. Ducasse received his best result to date in 2008 in Hull-Aylmer, where he placed third with 10,424 votes, for 19.83% of all votes cast in the riding. Liberal Marcel Proulx won the riding with 19,747 votes, or 37.47%, while Bloc Québécois candidate Raphaël Déry finished in second with 11 635 votes, or 22.07%.

2009 municipal election

Ducasse ran the Gatineau municipal election, 2009 on November 1st of that year. He ran for Gatineau City Council in the Hull–Val-Tétreau District. He lost however, to two term incumbent in Denise Laferrière. The district is centred in Downtown Hull.

Quotations

  • Pour avoir les résultats que vous n'avez jamais eus, il faut faire ce que vous n'avez jamais fait (To get the results you have never had, you must do what you have never done.) - Pierre Ducasse, NDP Leadership Convention
  • This party is suffering from electile dysfunction. - Pierre Ducasse, NDP Leadership Campaign Tour, 2002-03

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