Jean-François Lisée

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Jean-François Lisée
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MNA for Rosemont
Assumed office
Preceded by Louise Beaudoin
Personal details
Born (1958-02-13) February 13, 1958 (age 57)
Thetford Mines, Quebec
Political party Parti Québécois

Jean-François Lisée (born February 13, 1958 in Thetford Mines, Quebec) is a politician in Québec the province of Canada, who was elected a member of the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2012 Quebec election in the electoral district of Rosemont.

Prior to winning political office, he was a political analyst, journalist, author, intellectual, and sovereigntist thinker. He was special advisor to Parti Québécois Premiers of Quebec Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard. Prior to his election he was Executive Director of the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de l'Université de Montréal. His work centered on Quebec sovereignty, the sociological phenomena affecting the latter's support, as well as the Quebec Model and social democracy in an era of globalization.

He served concurrently as Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, Chair of the Comité ministériel de la région métropolitaine and Minister responsible for the Montréal region in the cabinet of Pauline Marois from 2012 to 2014.


Lisée holds degrees in law, journalism and communication studies. He was in the 1980s a reporter in Paris and Washington for Quebec and French media. During that decade, he began an expansive investigation into 30 years of American political, diplomatic, financial and media attention toward Quebec and its independence movement, resulting in the book In the Eye of the Eagle, published in 1990. It won the Governor General's Award for non-fiction. Two books followed: Le Tricheur and Le Naufrageur; both highly critical of former Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa. According to Lisée, his refusal to support sovereignty,in the context of the Meech Lake Accord failure, left many Quebec nationalists feeling betrayed.

In 1994, he became a "special advisor" to Parti Québécois Premier Jacques Parizeau and an important strategist for the 1995 Quebec referendum campaign. After the sovereignty-referendum-failure and the resulting resignation of Parizeau, Lisée became adviser to successor Lucien Bouchard. He resigned from this post in late 1999 because of disagreements over the sovereignty-strategy of the provincial PQ government. He explained his own strategy in 2000's Emergency Exit: How to Avert Quebec Decline.

Lisée was guest scholar from 2001 to 2003 at the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales (CERI) in Paris and at the Political Science Department of the Université de Montréal. He is currently the Executive Director of the International Studies Center at the Université de Montréal (CERIUM) as well as member of the Centre de recherche en politiques et développement social (CPDS) and founder of international politics website He periodically writes articles published in the current affairs magazine L'actualité.


  • Des histoires du Québec selon Jean-François Lisée. 2012. Montréal : Les Éditions Rogers
  • Le petit tricheur: Robert Bourassa derrière le masque. 2012. Montréal : Les Éditions Québec-Amérique. ISBN 9782764421703
  • Comment mettre la droite K.-O. en 15 arguments. 2012. Montréa, Les Éditions Stanké. ISBN 9782760410985
  • Troisième millénaire. 2011. Montréal : Les Éditions Stanké. ISBN 9782760410855
  • Imaginer l'Après-crise: Pistes pour un monde plus juste, équitable, durable. 2009. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782764607015
  • Pour une gauche efficace. 2008. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782764606407
  • Nous. 2007. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782764605677
  • Sortie de Secours : Comment échapper au déclin du Québec. 2000. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782764600160
  • Le Naufrageur. 1994. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890526280
  • Le Tricheur. 1994. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890526211
  • Les Prétendants. 1993. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890525832
  • Carrefours Amérique. 1990. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890523647
  • Dans l'œil de l'Aigle. 1990. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890523289


Electoral record[edit]

Quebec general election, 2012: Rosemont
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Parti Québécois Jean-François Lisée 16,780 43.67 -6.99
Liberal Madwa-Nika Phanord-Cadet 7,836 20.39 -11.42
Coalition Avenir Québec Léo Fradette 6,657 17.33 +11.03
Québec solidaire François Saillant 5,564 14.48 +6.26
Option nationale Johanne Lavoie 1,079 2.81
Bloc Pot Raynald St-Onge 220 0.57
Coalition pour la constituante Daniel Guersan 160 0.42
Marxist–Leninist Stéphane Chénier 127 0.33 +0.04
Total valid votes 38,423 98.85
Total rejected ballots 446 1.15
Turnout 38,869 76.10 +17.43
Electors 51,073
Parti Québécois hold Swing -9.21
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec. The CAQ percentage change totals are compared to the Action démocratique du Québec results from 2008.

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