Roger Duguay

Roger Duguay

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Roger Duguay is a former Canadian politician and Roman Catholic priest. He sought election to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick unsuccessfully on four occasions as a representative of the New Brunswick New Democratic Party (NDP). He served as the NDP's leader from 2007 to 2010.

Political career

Duguay has been a candidate for the NB New Democratic Party on three previous occasions, dating back to the 1991 election., Telegraph Journal, September 4, 2009.

In 1999, he ran in the riding of Centre-PĂ©ninsule. As a result, he was suspended from his position as a pastor with the Catholic Church for breaking the Diocese's policy on political activity., CBC News, May 18, 1999. Although he was reinstated after the election, he later left the church voluntarily in order to continue his political career.

In the 2006 election, Duguay was the party's most successful candidate, winning 26.1 per cent of the vote in the riding of Miramichi Bay-Neguac. This result led to his successful nomination for the party leadership on October 13, 2007., The Globe and Mail, October 13, 2007.

In May 2009, the party announced that Duguay would seek the nomination in Tracadie-Sheila., CBC News, May 14, 2009. Since his nomination, successive polls have shown Duguay and his party improving in public opinion.

A Corporate Research Associates poll conducted in June 2009 showed an improvement for the NDP from 13...
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