Normand has been a member of the Quebec College of Physicians since 1970, and was a practising physician for twenty-seven years, including two decades as a general practitioner doctor-physician in private practice.
In the 1997 general election, Normand ran and won a seat in the Canadian House of Commons as Liberal Member of Parliament for Bellechasse—Etchemins—Montmagny—L'Islet. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed him Secretary of State for Agriculture, Agri-food, Fisheries and Oceans soon after the election. In 1999, he became Secretary of State for Science, Research and Development. He retained his seat in the 2000 federal election, but left his position as a Secretary of State in 2002 to become a backbencher. He was not a candidate in the 2004 federal election.
In 2005, Normand was appointed medical director of EPIDERMA, Quebec’s largest laser hair removal network.
|26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien|
|Sub-Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development)
|Fernand Robichaud||Secretary of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food) (Fisheries and Oceans)
|Parliament of Canada|
The electoral district was created in 1996.
|Member of Parliament for Bellechasse—Etchemins—Montmagny—L'Islet
The electoral district was abolished in 2003.