Michel Bissonnet

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Michel Bissonnet
Monsieur Bissonet.jpg
MNA for Jeanne-Mance
In office
1981–2003
Preceded by Henri Laberge
Succeeded by riding dissolved
MNA for Jeanne-Mance–Viger
In office
2003–2008
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Filomena Rotiroti
Borough mayor for St. Leonard and Montreal City Councillor
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Frank Zampino
Personal details
Born (1942-03-28) March 28, 1942 (age 72)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Quebec Liberal Party (provincial)
Union Montreal (2008-2013)
Independent (2013)
Équipe Denis Coderre (2013-)
Residence Montreal, Quebec
Profession Attorney
Cabinet President of the National Assembly of Québec

Michel Bissonnet, MNA (born March 28, 1942 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian politician who served as Liberal member and President (House Speaker) of the National Assembly of Quebec.

Background[edit]

Bissonnet obtained a license in law at Université de Montréal in 1976 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec the following year. Prior to his years as a lawyer, he worked for the City of Montreal for 17 years in various positions including archivist and assistant office manager.

NDP candidate[edit]

Bissonnet was formerly involved in the federal New Democratic Party and its Quebec wing, the defunct Nouveau Parti démocratique du Québec. He was a candidate in the 1967 federal by-election for that party in the district of Papineau. He finished third with 15% of the vote. Liberal candidate André Ouellet was elected.

City politics[edit]

He ran as an Action Laval candidate for the city council of Laval in 1969 and served as mayor of Saint-Léonard from 1978 to 1981.

Member of the Provincial Legislature[edit]

Bissonnet successfully ran as the Liberal candidate in the district of Jeanne-Mance in the 1981 election. He was re-elected in the 1985, 1989, 1994 and 1998 elections. He also won re-election in the merged district of Jeanne-Mance–Viger in 2003 and 2007.

Speaker[edit]

He served as Vice-President of the National Assembly during his third term of office from 1989 to 1994, Assistant Whip of the Opposition from 1994 to 1997 and Third Vice-President of the National Assembly during his fifth term from 1999 to 2003. He became the President of the National Assembly (Speaker of the House) after the Liberal victory in 2003. In 2007, Bissonnet was reconfirmed as President of the National Assembly.

Borough Mayor[edit]

In July 2008, Bissonnet announced that he would leave provincial politics and run again for the mayoral position of Saint-Léonard, now a borough of Montreal following the 2002 amalgamation. He had become of the longest serving MNA of the 38th National Assembly, even though he had never been appointed to the Cabinet.[1]

Bissonnet ran under Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay's Union Montreal label. An election had been called to fill the position in the aftermath of the resignation of Frank Zampino. Bissonnet was elected with 94.3% of the vote in September 2008, against Livio DiCelmo of Projet Montréal.[2]

Electoral record (incomplete)[edit]

Quebec general election, 2007: Jeanne-Mance–Viger
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Michel Bissonnet 20,716 68.00
     Action démocratique Carole Giroux 4,565 14.98
     Parti Québécois Kamal El Batal 3,659 12.01
Green Hamadou Abdel Kader Nikiema 790 2.59
     Québec solidaire Ramon Villaruel 635 2.08
     Marxist-Leninist Stéphane Chénier 101 0.33
Total valid votes 30,466 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 349
Turnout 30,815 63.26
Electors on the lists 48,710
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Michel Bissonnet doit confirmer sa démission lundi - LCN - National
  2. ^ Victoire écrasante de Michel Bissonnet, La Presse, Montreal, September 22, 2008

External links[edit]

National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Louise Harel (PQ)
President of the National Assembly of Quebec
2003-2008
Succeeded by
François Gendron
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Saintonge (Liberal)
Louise Bégin (Liberal)
Deputy President of the National Assembly of Quebec
with Lawrence Cannon (Liberal) (1989-1990),
Roger Lefebvre (Liberal) (1990-1994) and
Michel Tremblay (Liberal) (1994-1994)

1989-1994
Succeeded by
Pierre Bélanger (PQ)
Raymond Brouillet (PQ)
Preceded by
Raymond Brouillet (PQ)
Claude Pinard (PQ)
Deputy President of the National Assembly of Quebec
with Raymond Brouillet (PQ) (1999-2003),
Claude Pinard (PQ) (1999-2002) and
François Beaulne (PQ) (2002-2003)

1999-2003
Succeeded by
Christos Sirros (Liberal)
Diane Leblanc (Liberal)
François Gendron (PQ)
Political offices
Preceded by
Jean Di Zazzo
Mayor of Saint-Léonard, Montreal
1974-1978
Succeeded by
Antonio Di Ciocco
Preceded by
Frank Zampino (Union Montreal)
Mayor of the Borough of Saint-Léonard, Montreal
2008–Current
Succeeded by
Incumbent