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Daniel Turp

Daniel Turp
Member of Parliament for Beauharnois—Salaberry
In office
Preceded byLaurent Lavigne
Succeeded bySerge Marcil
MNA for Mercier
In office
May 1, 2003 – November 5, 2008
Preceded byNathalie Rochefort
Succeeded byAmir Khadir
Personal details
Born (1955-04-30) April 30, 1955 (age 69)
Verdun, Quebec, Canada
Political partyBloc Québécois
Parti Québécois

Daniel Turp (born April 30, 1955) is a professor of constitutional and international law at the Université de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] He served as a Bloc Québécois member of Parliament from 1997 to 2000 and as a Parti Québécois member of the Quebec National Assembly from 2003 to 2008.

Early life and education

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Turp was raised as a Roman Catholic but later converted to Presbyterianism. He is a member of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal.[2][3]

Turp studied law at the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa, and received his legal licence in Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1977. He earned a master's degree at the Université de Montréal in 1978. He has worked for the Canadian International Development Agency and was called as an expert for the Bélanger-Campeau Commission on Quebec's constitutional future.[citation needed]

Turp started teaching at the Université de Montréal in 1982. Since then, he has taught several law courses at the University of Paris X (1986–1996), The International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg (1988) and Harvard University (1996). He has also been a director of studies at the international law academy in The Hague (1995).[citation needed]

After lengthy studies, he obtained a doctorate in law at Panthéon-Assas University in 1990. He is also interested in international law and globalization and once worked as a specialist at Harvard University.[citation needed]

Political engagement

Turp joined the Bloc Québécois, becoming that party's Political Affairs Committee president during Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's first term in office. He was defeated in the Papineau-Saint-Michel electoral district in 1996 when he first attempted to become a federal Member of Parliament. He succeeded in 1997, becoming a member of the House of Commons of Canada for the Beauharnois—Salaberry riding. He left federal politics in 2000 after being defeated by Liberal Serge Marcil.[citation needed]

In 2003, he moved to provincial politics under the Parti Québécois and was elected in the riding of Mercier on April 14. Turp became the party spokesman on international relations and sat on the Parliamentary Assembly of la Francophonie.[citation needed]

In 2005, he proposed a project for a Quebec constitution and he signed the Manifeste pour un Québec solidaire (Manifesto for Quebec solidarity). He has published many articles on Quebec sovereignty and its constitutional implications.[citation needed]

Turp supported André Boisclair during the Parti Québécois' party leadership campaign in 2005, and was re-elected in the 2007 election. He faced some criticism in 2008 as one of two MNAs, along with Pierre Curzi, who endorsed a controversial petition opposing Paul McCartney's performance at Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations.[4]

He was defeated in 2008 by Amir Khadir, co-leader of Québec solidaire.[5]

In 2011, Turp unsuccessfully ran for president of the Parti Québécois.[citation needed]


  • 1995: L'Avant projet de loi sur la souveraineté : texte annoté, Cowansville, Les Éditions Yvon Blais.[6]
  • 2000: La nation bâillonnée : le plan B ou l'offensive d'Ottawa contre le Québec, Montreal, VLB éditeur.[7]
  • 2001: Le droit de choisir : Essais sur le droit du Québec à disposer de lui-même/The Right to Choose : Essays of Québec's Right to Self-Determination, Montreal. Éditions Thémis[8]
  • 2005: Nous, peuple du Québec : un projet de constitution du Québec. Sainte-Foy, Éditions du Québécois.[9]
  • 1986: G. Beaudoin (dir.), Perspectives canadiennes et européennes des droits de la personne, Cowansville, Éditions Yvon Blais.[10]
  • 1995: Brossard, J. and D. Turp, L'accession à la souveraineté et le cas du Québec : conditions et modalités politico-juridiques, 2nd edition (with supplement), Montreal, PUM.[11]
  • 1996: Debard, T., J. Schmidt, V. Nabhan and D. Turp, La régulation juridique des espaces économiques : interactions GATT/OMC, Union européenne et ALÉNA, Lyon, Centre Jaques-Cartier.
  • 1997: Morin, J.-Y., Rigaldies and D. Turp, Droit international public : notes et documents, Montreal, Les Éditions Thémis, 3rd edition (2 volumes).[12]
  • 1998: Schabas, W. and D. Turp, Droit international, canadien et québécois des droits et libertés : notes et documents, Cowansville, Les Éditions Yvon Blais, 2nd edition.[13]


  1. ^ "Is Quebec's secular charter constitutional? Nine legal experts weigh in". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. September 14, 2013.
  2. ^ Vaillancourt, Philippe (June 10, 2010). "200e anniversaire pour l'église St. Andrew's" (in French). Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Turp, Daniel. "Recordings". Presbyterian Record. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  4. ^ Hamilton, Graeme (July 17, 2008). "PQ decries British invasion". National Post. Montreal, Quebec. p. A5. Retrieved April 14, 2024 – via
  5. ^ Curran, Peggy (December 9, 2008). "Secessionists Have New Champion; Québec solidaire's Amir Khadir delivers strong showing to oust Turp". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. p. B3. Retrieved April 14, 2024 – via
  6. ^ Québec (Province); Assemblée nationale; Turp, Daniel (1995). L'avant-projet de loi sur la souveraineté du Québec: texte annoté (in French). Cowansville, Québec: Éditions Y. Blais. ISBN 978-2-89451-041-4. OCLC 35934411.
  7. ^ Turp, Daniel (2000). La nation bâillonnée: le plan B, ou l'offensive d'Ottawa contre le Québec (in French). Montréal: VLB éditeur. ISBN 978-2-89005-756-2. OCLC 46420147.
  8. ^ Turp, Daniel (2001). Le droit de choisir: essais sur le droit du Québec à disposer de lui-même = The right to choose : essays on Québec's right of self-determination. Montréal: Éditions Thémis. ISBN 978-2-89400-158-5. OCLC 797160235.
  9. ^ Turp, Daniel (2005). Nous, peuple du Québec: un projet de constitution du Québec (in French). Québec: Éditions du Québécois. ISBN 978-2-923365-01-5. OCLC 61174645.
  10. ^ Institut canadien d'études juridiques supérieures; Journées strasbourgeoises; Beaudoin, Gérald A; Turp, Daniel, eds. (1986). Perspectives canadiennes et européennes des droits de la personne: actes des Journées strasbourgeoises de l'Institut canadien d'études juridiques supérieures, 1984. Cowansville [Québec: Éditions Y. Blais. ISBN 978-2-89073-563-7. OCLC 16064200.
  11. ^ Brossard, Jacques; Turp, Daniel (1995). L'accession à la souveraineté et le cas du Québec: conditions et modalités politico-juridiques (in French). Montréal: Presses de l'Université de Montréal. ISBN 978-2-7606-1662-2. OCLC 41658145.
  12. ^ Morin, Jacques-Yvan; Rigaldies, Francis; Turp, Daniel (1997). Droit international public: notes et documents (in French). Montréal: Éditions Thémis. ISBN 978-2-89400-091-5. OCLC 833237690.
  13. ^ Schabas, William; Turp, Daniel (1998). Droit international, canadien et québécois des droits et libertés: notes et documents (in French). Cowansville, Québec: Éditions Y. Blais. ISBN 978-2-89451-257-9. OCLC 1097479269.
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