| Michel Bellemare|
Member of Parliament
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Michel Bellemare Wikipedia
Michel Bellemare (b. July 10, 1967 in Ottawa) was member of the City Council in Ottawa, Canada from 1994 to 2010. He served as acting as mayor of Ottawa, while mayor Larry O'Brien faced charges from May 2-July 8, 2009.
Bellemare represented Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward in the east end of the city, formerly part of Gloucester. He is the son of former Liberal Member of Parliament Eugene Bellemare, and nephew of MP Jean-Robert Gauthier.
A lawyer by training, Bellemare first ran for a seat on the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton council (RMOC) in 1994. He was successful, defeating long-standing councillor Fiona Faucher. When the RMOC was abolished with the creation of the larger city of Ottawa in 2000, Bellemare was elected to the Ottawa City Council. In council, he is one of the strongest proponents of official bilingualism and tax cuts. He has also been a longtime opponent of Ottawa's O-Train light rail program and voted for the cancellation of the north-south line extension to Barrhaven which would have been completed and in operation starting in 2009.