Former Orléans MP Royal Galipeau dies of cancer

Royal Galipeau, who spent 10 years representing Orléans for the Conservatives at the federal level, has died of complications from multiple myeloma.

Galipeau, 71, had represented riding for 10 years until 2015

Former Conservative MP Royal Galipeau, who represented Orléans voters in the House of Commons for nearly 10 years, has died of complications from multiple myeloma. (CBC)

Former Orléans MP Royal Galipeau has died, four years after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

Galipeau held the riding, formerly called Ottawa-Orléans, for almost 10 years for the Conservatives before he was defeated in the 2015 federal election.

He was 71.

Won in 2006, 2008 and 2011

A one-time Liberal supporter, Galipeau chose to run for the Conservatives in 2006 because he agreed with former prime minister Stephen Harper's economic ideas.

He won that year, and again in 2008 and 2011. He was diagnosed with cancer the year before the 2015 election, but chose to run again nonetheless.

After his defeat, Galipeau said he would be stepping back from politics to focus on his health.

'I was just a tenant'

"The seat never belonged to me. I was just a tenant," he told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning the day following the election.

"I was the servant for Orléans in the House of Commons for 3,556 days, and the people of Orléans spoke in a very eloquent way yesterday. And I accept their verdict."

Galipeau also served as a deputy speaker for the House of Commons, and was a councillor for the pre-amalgamation municipality of Gloucester.

"With what he accomplished, he can rest in peace," said Bryan Michaud, Galipeau's former executive assistant, in an interview Saturday evening with Radio-Canada.

Galipeau had a "love for regional development," said Michaud, and was particularly proud to be the one to break the news that Ottawa had secured $1 billion in federal funding for Phase 2 of its light rail project.

He also was a defender of francophone rights, said Michaud, and a strong believer in the plan to clean up the Ottawa River.

"[He was] someone who was really dedicated," Michaud said. "And a really good friend."

With files from Antoine Trepanier