Jean-Paul L'Allier

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Jean-Paul L'Allier
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Jean-Paul L'Allier in 2013
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Deux-Montagnes
In office
1970 – 1976
Preceded by Gaston Binette
Succeeded by Pierre de Bellefeuille
Mayor of Quebec City
In office
Preceded by Jean Pelletier
Succeeded by Andrée Boucher
Personal details
Born (1938-08-12) August 12, 1938 (age 76)
Hudson, Quebec
Political party Liberal

Jean-Paul L'Allier (born August 12, 1938) was a Canadian politician, a two-term Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA) and the 38th Mayor of Quebec City.[1]


He was born in Hudson, Montérégie in 1938 and has a law degree from the University of Ottawa. He practiced law in the Ottawa and Outaouais regions in the 1960s. He also worked for the Montreal newspaper Le Devoir in the 1980s. He is a self-proclaimed Liberal, sovereigntist and social democrat.[2]

Member of the National Assembly[edit]

L'Allier became a candidate to the National Assembly of Quebec in the district of Deux-Montagnes after Liberal candidate and Mayor Guy Léveillée of Saint-Eustache, Laurentides dropped out of the race in the 1970 election. He won the Liberal nomination against two other candidates and subsequently won the election. He was re-elected in the 1973 election.

Cabinet member[edit]

He was appointed to the Cabinet in 1970 and served as Minister of Communications until 1975 and as Minister of Cultural Affairs from 1975 until 1976.

Political defeat[edit]

L'Allier was defeated against Parti Québécois (PQ) candidate Pierre de Bellefeuille in the 1976 election. L'Allier voted "yes" in the Quebec referendum of 1980 and left the Liberals in the same year.

Mayor of Quebec City[edit]

L'Allier ran as the Rassemblement populaire candidate for Mayor of Quebec City in 1989. He won against Progrès civique de Québec candidate Jean-François Bertrand and was sworn in as the 38th Mayor of the city. He was re-elected in 1993 and 1997.

His accomplishments include:

L'Ancienne-Lorette and Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures eventually demerged.

L'Allier co-founded the Renouveau municipal de Québec and was re-elected as Mayor in 2001 against Action civique de Québec candidate and former anti-merger crusader Andrée Boucher. On July 5, 2004, he announced that he would not run for re-election in November 2005 and retired from politics.