Lucienne Robillard

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The Honourable
Lucienne Robillard
PC
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Westmount—Ville-Marie
In office
June 2, 1997 – January 25, 2008
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by Marc Garneau
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Henri—Westmount
In office
February 13, 1995 – June 2, 1997
Preceded by David Berger
Succeeded by riding abolished
Personal details
Born (1945-06-16) June 16, 1945 (age 69)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) divorced
Residence Montreal, Quebec
Profession Social worker

Lucienne Robillard, PC (born June 16, 1945) is a Canadian politician and a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. She sat in the House of Commons of Canada 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.

In 1996, she became Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. On August 3, 1999, she assumed the responsibilities of President of the Treasury Board.

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.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1997: Westmount—Ville-Marie
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Lucienne Robillard 26,972 60.10 $50,294
     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
     Independent Roopnarine Singh 1,328 2.96 $13,246
Green Brian Sarwer-Foner 751 1.67 $967
     Natural Law Allen Faguy 212 0.47 $0
     Marxist-Leninist Normand Chouinard 166 0.37 $0
Total valid votes 44,875 100.00
Total rejected ballots 569
Turnout 45,444 70.69
Electors on the lists 64,289
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.
Canadian federal by-election, February 13, 1995: Saint-Henri—Westmount
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Lucienne Robillard 12,675 75.91 $50,775
     Bloc Québécois Anne Michèle Meggs 2,357 14.12 $8,819
     Progressive Conservative Jay Gould 545 3.26 $19,236
     Reform Gaetan Morency 468 2.80 $27,429
     New Democratic Party Ann Elbourne 296 1.77 $1,259
Green Gerald Glass 213 1.28 $2,080
     Libertarian Rick Blatter 64 0.38 $2,178
     Marxist-Leninist Arnold August 47 0.28 $0
     Natural Law Allen Faguy 32 0.19 $0
Total valid votes 16,697 100.00
Total rejected ballots 100
Turnout 16,797 31.62
Electors on the lists 53,121

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Anne McLellan
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
2006
Succeeded by
Michael Ignatieff
Political offices
Preceded by
Michel Pagé
Quebec Minister of Education
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Jacques Chagnon
27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet Posts (4)
Predecessor Office Successor
Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
2004–2006
Michael Chong
Denis Coderre President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
2004–2006
Michael Chong
Joe Volpe Minster of State
2005
styled as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Belinda Stronach
Allan Rock Minister of Industry
2003–2004
David Emerson
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor
Title Successor
vacant, previously
Brian Tobin
Minister responsible for the Economic Development
Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

2003–2004
position abolished
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Posts (4)
Predecessor Office Successor
Marcel Massé President of the Treasury Board
1999–2003
Reg Alcock
Sergio Marchi Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
1996–1999
Elinor Caplan
Sergio Marchi Secretary of State for Canada
1996
styled as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
position abolished
Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Labour
1995–1996
Alfonso Gagliano