Monique Bégin

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The Honourable
Monique Bégin
PC, OC, FRSC, BA, MA, PhD, DSc
Member of Parliament for Saint-Michel
In office
1972–1979
Preceded by Victor Forget
Succeeded by Thérèse Killens
Member of Parliament for Saint-Léonard—Anjou
In office
1979–1984
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Alfonso Gagliano
Personal details
Born (1936-03-01) March 1, 1936 (age 78)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Occupation administrator
sociologist
Website Parliament of Canada biography

Monique Bégin, PC OC FRSC (born March 1, 1936) is an academic and former Canadian politician.

Begin was born in Rome and raised in France and Portugal before emigrating to Canada at the end of World War II. She received a MA degree in sociology from the Université de Montréal and a PhD degree from the Sorbonne.

In 1967, she became executive secretary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, which published its report in 1970. She won election to the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal candidate in the 1972 election. Bégin, Albanie Morin and Jeanne Sauvé, all elected in 1972, were the first women ever elected to the House of Commons from Quebec.

She was appointed to the Canadian Cabinet by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as Minister of National Revenue in 1976, and served as Minister of Health and Welfare from 1977 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984 during which the Canada Health Act was enacted.

In 1986, she joined the University of Ottawa and Carleton University as the first joint Ottawa-Carleton Chair of Women's Studies. From 1990 to 1997, she was the University of Ottawa's dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and continues teaching to this day as a professor emeritus. From 1993 to 1995, she also served as co-chair of Ontario's Royal Commission on Learning with Gerald Caplan.

In 1997, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Bégin currently serves as the Treasurer for the International Centre for Migration and Health.

Electoral record (partial)[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1980: Saint-Léonard—Anjou
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Monique Bégin 42,228 81.12
     New Democratic Party Filippo Salvatore 3,741 7.19
     Progressive Conservative Pierre Gauthier 2,972 5.71
Rhinoceros Pierre Guzzo-Céros 1,569 3.01
     Social Credit Gaétan Bernard 1,194 2.29
     Union Populaire U.P. Nelson Bouchard 260 0.50
     Marxist-Leninist Caroline Commandeur-Laloux 91 0.17
Total valid votes 52,055 100.00
Total rejected ballots 607
Turnout 52,662 66.44
Electors on the lists 79,266
Source: Report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Thirty-second General Election, 1980.