Member of Parliament
Ottawa – Orléans
Royal is the son of the late René Galipeau and the former Anna Lacasse. Both families have been involved in community life and local politics for four generations.
He entered public life as Gloucester City Councillor. During his time in office, he was instrumental in launching the city’s first corporate strategic plan, which was later lauded as a model for other Ontario municipalities. He has also served two terms as a Director of TVOntario, and founder of TFO.
Long active in his community, Royal has served two terms as Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Public Library. In addition, he has served on the Ottawa–Carleton Regional District Health Council, where he dedicated himself to ensuring the delivery of minority language health services in Ottawa.
He served on the Transportation and Works Policy Committee of the former Regional Municipality of Ottawa–Carleton, and as a member of the Ottawa East-West Light Rail Transit Environmental Assessment Committee.
Royal was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006. Then, on the recommendation of the Speaker, after consultations with all four Party Leaders, he was twice acclaimed as Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole House.
Royal more than tripled his plurality in 2008. In the 40th Parliament, he served as Vice-Chair of the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee, and Co-Chair of the Library of Parliament. He also sits on the Canadian Heritage Committee, and that of Official Languages.
An alumnus of the University of Ottawa, Royal lectured at the U. of O. School of Management throughout the 1980s.
Royal has been married to Anne Pallascio for 36 years. She is recipient of the 2000 Gloucester “Heart of Gold Award.” They have three sons and one daughter.