Marcel Massé

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Marcel Massé should not be confused with Marcel Masse.

Marcel Massé, PC, OC, QC (born June 23, 1940) is a former Canadian politician and civil servant.

He served as Clerk of the Privy Council in 1979 during the government of Prime Minister Joe Clark. In his distinguished public service career, he also served as President of CIDA, on two occasions; was undersecretary for external affairs; and represented Canada as its executive director at the IMF, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank.

Massé's career in elected politics began when he ran as a candidate for Jean Chrétien's Liberal Party in the 1993 federal election. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Hull—Aylmer.

Following the election, he was appointed to the Canadian Cabinet as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister responsible for Public Service Renewal.

In 1996, a Cabinet shuffle moved him to the positions of President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure.

Massé was re-elected in the 1997 election, but retired from Cabinet in 1999 and resigned his seat in the House of Commons.

In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

After the Liberal Party of Canada's leadership convention in December 2006 he was asked to join the transition team of newly elected leader Stéphane Dion. He served as Dion's Principal Secretary in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition for a period after Dion's selection as leader. He later left the post for health reasons.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1997: Hull—Aylmer
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Marcel Massé 25,835 54.11 $47,001
     Bloc Québécois Ginette Tétreault 9,922 20.78 $31,255
     Progressive Conservative Stéphane Rondeau 8,461 17.72 $7,680
     New Democratic Party Peter Piening 1,317 2.76 $665
     Reform Camille Fortin 935 1.96 $1,308
Green Gail Walker 586 1.23 $116
     Christian Heritage Ron Gray 275 0.58 $1,320
     Natural Law Robert Mayer 266 0.56 $0
     Marxist-Leninist Pierre Soublière 151 0.32 $0
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 47,748 100.00 $61,239
Total rejected ballots 1,114
Turnout 48,862 70.44
Electors on the lists 69,366
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.


Canadian federal election, 1993: Hull—Aylmer
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Marcel Massé 27,988 53.26 $54,753
     Bloc Québécois Gilles Rocheleau 14,293 27.20 $38,257
     Non-Affiliated Tony Cannavino 4,583 8.72 $53,805
     Progressive Conservative Pierre Chénier 3,244 6.17 $49,356
     New Democratic Party Francine Bourque 1,346 2.56 $12,759
Green George Halpern 468 0.89 $473
     Natural Law Robert Mayer 401 0.76 $225
     Marxist-Leninist Françoise Roy 162 0.31 $80
     Abolitionist Linda Dubois 63 0.12 $0
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 52,548 100.00 $56,938
Total rejected ballots 873
Turnout 53,421 76.95
Electors on the lists 69,419
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from official contributions and expenses provided by Elections Canada.

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Gilles Rocheleau
Member of Parliament from Hull—Aylmer
1993-1999
Succeeded by
Marcel Proulx
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Art Eggleton President of the Treasury Board
1996–1999
Lucienne Robillard
position created Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
1993–1996
Stéphane Dion
Pierre Blais President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
1993–1996
Stéphane Dion
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor
Title Successor
Art Eggleton Minister responsible for Infrastructure
1996–1999
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position created Minister responsible for Public Service Renewal
1993–1996
position abolished