Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Date of Birth: July 22, 1947
*75% French-Canadian, including distant Swiss-German
Gilles Duceppe is a Canadian politician. He served as Leader of the Bloc Québécois, from January 16, 1996 to February 17, 1996, again from March 15, 1997 to May 2, 2011, and once again from June 10, 2015 to October 22, 2015, and, as such, served as Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament, from January 16, 1996 to February 17, 1996, and again from March 15, 1997 to June 1, 1997. He was a Member of the Canadian Parliament for Laurier—Sainte-Marie (QC), from August 13, 1990 to May 2, 2011.
Gilles is the son of Hélène (Rowley) and actor Jean Duceppe (born Jean Duceppe Hotte). His maternal grandfather was an English immigrant. The rest of Gilles’s ancestry is French-Canadian, with a small amount of Swiss-German.
Gilles is married to Yolande Brunelle, with whom he has two children, including Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe. Alexis has served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament for Lac-Saint-Jean, since 21 October, 2019.
Gilles’s paternal grandfather was Aimé Hotte (the son of Simon Hotte and Marie Elmire Philomène Raza). Simon was the son of Simon Hotte and Josephte Desjardins. Philomène was the daughter of Pierre Hyppolyte Raza Ranjard and Elmire Maret/Marette Dit Lépine.
Gilles’s paternal grandmother was Claire Dutrisac (the daughter of Dosithé/Dosithée Dutrisac and Léocadie Legault). Claire was born in Les Cèdres, Québec. Dosithé was the son of Joseph Dutrisac and Marie Nantel. Léocadie was the daughter of Basile Legault and Marguerite Leblanc.
Gilles’s maternal grandfather was John James Rowley (the son of Jean Rowley and Helen Haley). John was born in England.
Gilles’s maternal grandmother was Marie-Josephe Yvonne Pilon (the daughter of Ludger Pilon and Malvina Albina/Alvina Quesnel). Marie-Josephe was born in Rigaud, Vaudreuil, Québec. Ludger was the son of Hyacinthe Pilon and Emilie Vallee. Malvina was the daughter of Joseph-Magloire Quesnel and Elmire Smith/Schmidt. Elmire had a small amount of Swiss-German ancestry.