Richard Marceau (born August 25, 1970) is a Canadian politician.

Marceau was born in Charlesbourg, Quebec. A lawyer in both Québec and Ontario, Marceau was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1997 federal election for the Bloc Québécois in the riding of Charlesbourg at the age of 26. He was re-elected in the 2000 election in the riding of Charlesbourg—Jacques-Cartier and again in the 2004 election in the riding of Charlesbourg. He has served as the Bloc's critic to the Solicitor General, International Trade, Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Privy Council. He was their critic to the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness until his defeat in the 2006 election.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Parti Québécois candidate in Charlesbourg in the 2007 Quebec election.

Marceau converted to Judaism in 2004, 10 years after his marriage to Lori Beckerman. He had co-chaired the Canada-Israel Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and sponsored a bill establishing a national Holocaust remembrance day. He described himself as a "pro-Palestinian Zionist" in an op-ed piece he wrote for the Ottawa Citizen.[1]

From 2006 to 2011, Marceau worked for the Canada-Israel Committee. Since 2011, he has worked for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs as a senior advisor. In 2011, he published A Quebec Jew: From Bloc Québécois MP to Jewish Activist, detailing his spiritual journey and involvement in the Jewish community.


  1. ^ Arnold, Janice (2006-02-16). "Two Jewish MPs defeated in Quebec (archived)". Canadian Jewish News. Archived from the original on 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Jean-Marc Jacob, Bloc Québécois
Member of Parliament for Charlesbourg
Succeeded by
Daniel Petit, Conservative Party of Canada