|Member of the Canadian Parliament
June 2, 1997 – January 25, 2008
|Preceded by||new riding|
|Succeeded by||Marc Garneau|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
February 13, 1995 – June 2, 1997
|Preceded by||David Berger|
|Succeeded by||riding abolished|
June 16, 1945 |
Lucienne Robillard, PC (born June 16, 1945) is a Canadian politician and a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. She sat in the Canadian House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Westmount—Ville-Marie in Montreal.
Robillard had a career as a social worker before entering politics. In the Quebec election of 1989, she was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the riding of Chambly as a member of the Quebec Liberal Party. She was appointed to the provincial cabinet of Premier Robert Bourassa as Minister of Cultural Affairs. In 1992, she became Minister of Education, and then served as Minister of Health and Social Services from 1994 until the defeat of the Liberal government.
She then moved to federal politics as a star candidate when she was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election in the safe Liberal riding of Westmount—Ville-Marie. Jean Chrétien appointed her to the federal cabinet as Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the federal campaign in the 1995 Quebec referendum.
When Paul Martin became Prime Minister of Canada in 2003, he moved Robillard to the position of Minister of Industry and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. With the cabinet shuffle that followed the 2004 election, she became Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
Upon Judy Sgro's resignation from Cabinet on January 14, 2005, Joe Volpe moved to fill the vacant position of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Robillard assumed his prior responsibilities as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. When Belinda Stronach crossed the floor and joined the Liberals in the House of Commons on May 17, 2005, she replaced Robillard as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
On February 1, 2006, she was named deputy leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Commons by Interim Leader Bill Graham. She held this post until the newly elected leader, Stéphane Dion (who represents the nearby riding of Saint-Laurent—Cartierville), in accordance with the customary Anglophone/Francophone division of duties, appointed the Anglophone Michael Ignatieff as his deputy.
On April 4, 2007, she announced she would not run in the next election. She resigned her seat on January 25, 2008.
In 2010 she became co-chair of the election campaign for the Liberal Party of Canada in Quebec. In May 2010 she was elected President of the Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec) (LPCQ) by the Board of directors to replace Marc Lavigne who had resigned for personal reasons a few months after having been elected by the delegates at the October 2009 convention. Lucienne Robillard was also co-chair of the Electoral Commission of the LPCQ in 2010 and 2011 until the commission was dissolved at the start of the 2011 electoral campaign.
As president of the LPCQ she also sits on the National Board of Directors of the Liberal Party of Canada.
|Canadian federal election, 1997: Westmount—Ville-Marie|
|Progressive Conservative||Tom Davis||7,802||17.39||$33,542|
|Bloc Québécois||Bernard Guité||5,078||11.32||$18,518|
|New Democratic Party||Chris Carter||2,566||5.72||$4,050|
|Natural Law||Allen Faguy||212||0.47||$0|
|Total valid votes||44,875||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||569|
|Electors on the lists||64,289|
|Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.|
|Saint-Henri—WestmountCanadian federal by-election, February 13, 1995:|
|Bloc Québécois||Anne Michèle Meggs||2,357||14.12||$8,819|
|Progressive Conservative||Jay Gould||545||3.26||$19,236|
|New Democratic Party||Ann Elbourne||296||1.77||$1,259|
|Natural Law||Allen Faguy||32||0.19||$0|
|Total valid votes||16,697||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||100|
|Electors on the lists||53,121|
- Lucienne Robillard – Parliament of Canada biography
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.