The Geneva Citizens’ Movement (French: Mouvement Citoyens Genevois), abbreviated to MCG, is a populistpolitical party in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. On its own initiative, it started, and is a part of, the wider Romandy Citizens’ Movement (French: Mouvement Citoyens Romand), abbreviated to MCR.
The MCG was co-founded in 2005 by Éric Stauffer and Georges Letellier. It established itself as the canton’s third most powerful political party in the 2009 legislative election, winning 17 out of 100 seats in the Grand Council of Geneva.
In 2010, the MCG formed a wider party organization with chapters throughout the cantons of Romandy, called the Mouvement Citoyen Romand (MCR). However, only the Geneva chapter has seen real success.
The MCG made large gains in the March 2011 cantonal local elections, helping end a 20-year-old majority by left-of-center parties in the parliament of the city of Geneva.
In 2013, the MCG further increased its share in the Grand Council of Geneva to 20 seats. In addition, it gained a seat in the Council of State of Geneva, the executive organ of the canton, with Mauro Poggia taking the seat.
In the federal election of October 2011, the MCG won one of Geneva’s eleven seats in the National Council, with Mauro Poggia (b. 1959), formerly of the Christian Democrats and also the Italian Union of Christian and Centre Democrats. The MCG retained its one seat in the 2015 elections, later losing it in the 2019 elections.