François Legault

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François Legault
François Legault2011.jpg
François Legault in 2011
Leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 4, 2011[1]
MNA for L'Assomption
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 4, 2012
Preceded by Scott McKay
MNA for Rousseau
In office
December 15, 1998 – June 25, 2009
Preceded by Lévis Brien
Succeeded by Nicolas Marceau
Personal details
Born (1957-05-26) May 26, 1957 (age 56)
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
Political party Parti Québécois 1998–2009
Coalition Avenir Québec 2011–present
Portfolio Finances, Economic Development

François Legault (pronounced: [fʁɑ̃swa ləɡo]; born May 26, 1957) is a politician in Quebec, Canada and leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec party since its foundation in 2011.

He was a member of the National Assembly of Quebec from 1998 to 2009, serving in the government of Quebec as Minister of Education from 1998 to 2002 and as Minister of Health from 2002 to 2003. As a member of the Parti Québécois (PQ), he was first elected in the 1998 Quebec election in the riding of Rousseau in the Lanaudière region. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2008 but resigned his seat on June 25, 2009. He was elected as the MNA for L'Assomption, a suburb of Montreal, at the 2012 Quebec provincial election. He was reelected in 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Legault was born in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. He has a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration from the HEC Montreal. He also became a Chartered Accountant.[2]

Business career[edit]

He worked as an administrator for Provigo, a finance director for Nationair and an auditor for Ernst & Young.

He co-founded Air Transat in 1986 after being the director of marketing at Quebecair. He was the Chief Executive Officer of that company until 1997, with a turnover of C$1.3 billion and 4000 employees. He also managed the Marc-Aurèle Fortin Museum for a year.

Political career[edit]

Parti Québécois[edit]

After his 1998 election, he was appointed by Lucien Bouchard as Minister for Industry and Commerce. He was later named the Minister of Education.

When Bouchard resigned, it was said that Legault would support Pauline Marois against Bernard Landry. He later clarified his position as being in favour of Landry's candidacy.

Landry appointed Legault as State Minister of Education and later as Minister of Health and Social Services. He was re-elected in 2003 while the PQ lost to the Quebec Liberal Party. He was named during the mandate the critic for economics, economic development and finances.

He endorsed Richard Legendre in the 2005 PQ leadership election, which was won by André Boisclair. After his re-election in 2007, he was renamed the PQ critic in economic development and finances.

Legault was re-elected in the 2008 elections but announced on June 25, 2009 that would retire from politics.[3] He was seen by some political analysts at the time as a potential contender in a future leadership election.[4]

Coalition Avenir Québec[edit]

In February 2011, Legault co-founded with Charles Sirois a new political movement called the "Coalition pour l'avenir du Québec ("Coalition for the Future of Quebec"); in November 2011 it became an official party under the name Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ). The CAQ aims to bring together like-minded voters in a single party regardless of their views on Quebec nationalism, Quebec federalism and Quebec autonomism. It finished third in the 2012 general election, winning 19 seats and 27.05% of the vote.

In the 2014 general election, the CAQ finished third again, but now with 22 seats (an increase of 3 seats over 2012).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coalition avenir Québec". Directeur général des élections du Québec. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  2. ^ Macpherson, Don (2010-10-14). "Legault's movement would fill a vacuum in Quebec". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Legault resignation latest blow for PQ". National Post, June 25, 2009.
  4. ^ Josée Legault, "It is likely we haven't seen the end of François Legault". The Gazette, June 25, 2009.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pauline Marois
Minister of Education (Quebec)
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Sylvain Simard
Preceded by
Rémy Trudel
Minister of Health and Social Services (Quebec)
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Philippe Couillard
Preceded by
Roger Bertrand
Minister of Industry and Commerce
1998
Succeeded by
Bernard Landry
Preceded by
Rita Dionne-Marsolais
Minister of Science and Technology
1998
Succeeded by
Jean Rochon
Preceded by
Gilles Taillon (ADQ)
Official Opposition's Shadow Minister of Finance
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Nicolas Marceau
Preceded by
None
Coalition Avenir Québec
2011-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent