Lise Bacon

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The Honourable
Lise Bacon,
CM, GOQ
Senator for De la Durantaye senate division
In office
September 14, 1994 – August 25, 2009
Appointed by Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Mario Beaulieu
Succeeded by Judith Seidman
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Bourassa
In office
1973–1976
Preceded by Georges-Émery Tremblay
Succeeded by Pierre Paradis
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Chomedey
In office
1981–1994
Preceded by District Created
Succeeded by Thomas Mulcair
Minister of the Environment
In office
1988–1989
Personal details
Born (1934-08-25) August 25, 1934 (age 80)
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec
Political party Quebec Liberal Party
Profession Administrator

Lise Bacon, CM GOQ (born August 25, 1934) is a Canadian Liberal politician. She was appointed Senator, representing the area of De la Durantaye, Quebec, by Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn on 14 September 1994. Her term ended on 25 August 2009.[1]

Born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Beauharnois County, Quebec, Bacon attended Collège Marie-de-l'Incarnation and Académie Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague in Trois-Rivières and Institut Albert-Thomas in Chicoutimi. Before entering politics, she was Office Manager at the Prudential Insurance Company of America. She was a Citizenship Judge from 1977 to 1979, then as Quebec Vice-President of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc from 1979 to 1981.

Before elected politics, she has served as:

  • Treasurer of the Association des femmes libérales Louis Saint-Laurent
  • Executive Director of the Fédération des jeunes libéraux du Québec
  • Vice-President for the Mauricie region of the Fédération des femmes libérales du Québec
  • Secretary of the Liberal Party of Quebec
  • President of the Liberal Party of Quebec
  • Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA) for Bourassa in 1973
  • Secretary of State for Social Affairs (1973–1975)
  • Minister of Consumers, Co-operatives and Financial Institutions and Minister of Immigration (1975-1976)

In the 1981 elections, Bacon was elected to the riding of Chomedey and served as Vice-Chair of the Commission de l'aménagement et des équipements from 1984 to 1985.

After the 1985 elections, she was Deputy Premier, Minister of Cultural Affairs, and Minister Responsible for the Office des ressources humaines.

Re-elected in 1989, she was Deputy Premier and appointed Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Regional Development and Chair of the Standing Cabinet Committee on Regional Development and the Environment.

Leaving politics in 1994, she served as Governor of the Canada Post Learning Institute and member of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy before becoming a senator.

In 2003 she was made Officer of the Legion d'Honneur of France.

In 2004 she was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec.

In 2010 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.[2]

In 2010 she received a Doctorate Honoris Causa of the Universite de Montreal.

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National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Marc-André Bédard (PQ)
Deputy Premier of Quebec
1985-1994
Succeeded by
Monique Gagnon-Tremblay (Liberal)