Pierre Curzi

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Pierre Curzi
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Borduas
In office
April 25, 2007 September 4, 2012
Preceded by Jean-Pierre Charbonneau
Succeeded by Pierre Duchesne
Personal details
Born (1946-02-11) February 11, 1946 (age 72)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Parti QuébécoisIndependent
Spouse(s) Marie Tifo
Residence Montreal
Profession Actor, Screenwriter, Unionist
Portfolio Culture, Communications, Language

Pierre Curzi (born February 11, 1946 in Montreal, Quebec) is an actor, screenwriter and politician in Quebec. He is a former Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA) for the riding of Borduas in the Montérégie region south of Montreal. Elected under the Parti Québécois (PQ) banner, he later sat as an independent.

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Quebec Province of Canada

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Acting and screenplay career

Curzi went to the École nationale de Théâtre in 1969. Prior to his political career, he played in numerous popular Quebec movies, plays, television shows and documentaries including Duplessis , Maria Chapdelaine , The Crime of Ovide Plouffe (Le Crime d'Ovide Plouffe), Babylone, Les Filles de Caleb , Million Dollar Babies , Virginie , Suzanne , Matroni and Me (Matroni et moi), The Barbarian Invasions , Le Négociateur, The New Life of Paul Sneijder (La nouvelle vie de Paul Sneijder) and Romeo and Juliette .

Duplessis was a historical television series in Quebec, Canada, that aired in 1978. It tells the story of Maurice Duplessis, the controversial premier of Quebec from 1936 to 1939 and 1944 to 1959. It is one of the most famous mini-series in Quebec television history. The series was written by Oscar-winning film director Denys Arcand, and based in large part on Conrad Black's popular biography. The series contains 7 episodes, each one containing a different historic moment in Duplessis's life and path into power. Duplessis is portrayed by Jean Lapointe. It is distributed by Radio-Canada and is available on DVD.

Maria Chapdelaine is a Canadian historical drama film, released in 1983. An adaptation of Louis Hémon's novel Maria Chapdelaine, the film was directed by Gilles Carle and starred Carole Laure in the title role.

The Crime of Ovide Plouffe, also known as Murder in the Family in its television run, is a Canadian film and television miniseries from Quebec. The project consisted of two parts: a two-hour theatrical film directed by Denys Arcand which was released to theatres in 1984, and a six-hour television miniseries which aired in 1986, with four hours directed by Gilles Carle leading into the Arcand film as the final two hours.

Overall, he played roles in about 50 productions since 1971 and had been nominated for four Genie Awards for his roles in Maria Chapdelaine (1983), Lucien Brouillard (1983) and The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'empire américain) (1986) and a nomination for best screenplay for Intimate Power (Pouvoir intime) in 1986.

<i>The Decline of the American Empire</i> 1986 film by Denys Arcand

The Decline of the American Empire is a 1986 Canadian sex comedy-drama film directed by Denys Arcand and starring Rémy Girard, Pierre Curzi and Dorothée Berryman. The film follows a group of intellectual friends from the Université de Montréal history department as they engage in a long dialogue about their sexual affairs, touching on issues of adultery, homosexuality, group sex, BDSM and prostitution. A number of characters associate self-indulgence with societal decline.

<i>Intimate Power</i> (1987 film) 1986 film by Yves Simoneau

Pouvoir intime is a 1986 Canadian thriller film.

He was also the president of the Union des artistes for eight years. The UDA is the main union group for cinema, theatre and television actors in Quebec.

Union des artistes Quebec-based labour organization representing stage, television, radio and film performers in French-language media in Canada

The Union des artistes (UDA) or Artist union is a Quebec-based labour organization representing stage, television, radio and film performers in French-language media in Canada. It represents over 6,900 members and is affiliated with the International Federation of Actors (FIA). The current president is Sophie Prégent.

He is married to Marie Tifo, an actress with whom he costarred in the films Lucien Brouillard , Le jour S... and Intimate Power .

Marie Tifo is a Canadian actress, and a major star in French-speaking Canada. She won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the 1980 drama film Good Riddance . She starred in La Déraison d'amour at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montreal from 2–13 June 2009.

Lucien Brouillard is a 1983 French Canadian political drama film directed by Bruno Carrière and shot in Montreal, Quebec. It was nominated for six Genie Awards in 1984.

Le jour S... is a 1984 Canadian drama film directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Jean-Baptiste, a restless Québécois in his late 30s, spends the day alone in Montreal while his current partner is pursuing a career in Toronto. Every woman he encounters reminds him of her. He relives his past through actual encounters as well as his imaginative memory.


Curzi entered politics when he announced his candidacy for the riding of Borduas in the 2007 provincial elections, following the retirement of Jean-Pierre Charbonneau. He defeated the Action démocratique du Québec's Claude Gauthier by over 2,000 votes. He was later named the PQ critic for culture, communications and language.

Jean-Pierre Charbonneau Canadian politician

Jean-Pierre Charbonneau is a journalist and a former Quebec politician. He was the Quebec MNA member under the Parti Québécois for the provincial ridings of Borduas and Verchères in the Montérégie region.

Action démocratique du Québec former canadian party

The Action démocratique du Québec, commonly referred to as the ADQ was a right-wing populist and conservative provincial political party in Quebec, Canada. On the sovereignty question, it defined itself as autonomist, and had support from nationalists and federalists. Its members were referred to as adéquistes, a name derived from the French pronunciation of the initials 'ADQ'.

Curzi was forced to apologize and retract a statement he made in October 2007 during a radio interview that appeared to suggest that a sovereign Quebec would have "more teeth" and could potentially remove the voting rights of Quebec's English-speaking community living on Montreal's West Island. [1] He faced some criticism in 2008 as one of two MNAs, along with Daniel Turp, who endorsed a controversial petition opposing Paul McCartney's performance at Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations. [2] In September 2010, Curzi expressed on the television interview show Les Francs-tireurs his theory that there was a shortage of Francophone players on the National Hockey League team the Montreal Canadiens and that this was "damned well political" and the result of a federalist plot. [3]

On June 6, 2011, Curzi and caucus mates Louise Beaudoin and Lisette Lapointe resigned from the Parti Québécois to sit as independents over the PQ's acceptance of a bill changing the law to permit an agreement between the City of Québec and Quebecor Inc. concerning the construction of an arena in Quebec City. [4]

Electoral record

Quebec general election, 2008 : Borduas
Parti Québécois Pierre Curzi 13,329 47.66 +8.90
Liberal Jacques Charbonneau 9,125 32.63 +10.95
Action démocratique Jean Dion 3,430 12.26 −19.05
Québec solidaire Éric Noël 966 3.45 +0.53
Green Marco Caron 904 3.23 −1.28
Parti indépendantiste Michel Lepage 214 0.77 -
Total valid votes27,96898.30
Rejected and declined votes4851.70
Electors on the lists43,198
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 2007 : Borduas
Parti Québécois Pierre Curzi 12,529 38.76 −8.06
Action démocratique Claude Gauthier 10,123 31.31 +13.44
Liberal Jacques Charbonneau 7,010 21.68 −12.08
Green Olivier Adam 1,459 4.51
Québec solidaire Julie Raby 944 2.92
Independent Super Cauchon 262 0.81
Total valid votes32,32799.12
Total rejected ballots2860.88
Electors on the lists40,980
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

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  2. "Separatists decry McCartney's Quebec concert", National Post , July 16, 2008.
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