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|MNA for Mont-Royal|
May 1, 2003 – 2007
|Preceded by||André Tranchemontagne|
|Succeeded by||Pierre Arcand|
|MNA for Jean-Talon|
|Preceded by||Margaret F. Delisle|
|Succeeded by||Yves Bolduc|
June 26, 1957 |
|Political party||Quebec Liberal Party|
Philippe Couillard, PC (born June 26, 1957) is the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party and former university professor and neurosurgeon in Quebec, Canada. Until June 25, 2008, he served as the Quebec Minister for Health and Social Services in the government of Jean Charest.
Life and career
Couillard was born in Montreal, Quebec. He holds a medical degree and a certification in neurosurgery from the Université de Montréal. He was the head of the department of neurosurgery at St-Luc hospital from 1989 to 1992 and again at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke from 1996 to 2003. From 1992 to 1996, he practised in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In 2003, he left the medical profession to run for a seat in the National Assembly representing the Quebec Liberal Party. He was elected MNA for Mont-Royal in the 2003 election and was appointed Minister of Health and Social Services on April 29, 2003.
Since taking office, he proved skillful in the handling of his department's public relations and was regarded by some as the most popular minister in the Charest government. His accomplishments during his tenure included a $4.2 billion increase in the Quebec health budget, the prohibition of smoking in public places, and a reduction in the number of union local accreditations in the health sector.
In 2006 and 2007, there were rumours that Couillard would jump to federal politics and become a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in a future federal election, but Couillard denied it. Meanwhile, Couillard announced his candidacy for the Jean-Talon riding in the Quebec City area, replacing Margaret Delisle who did not seek re-election due to health reasons. Couillard won the 2007 elections despite the Action democratique du Quebec's (ADQ) strong performance in the region in which the party gained the majority of the seats. Pierre Arcand succeeded Couillard in the Mont-Royal riding. Couillard was renamed the Health and Social Services Minister as well as the minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale (Quebec) region.
On October 3, 2012, Couillard became the third person to enter the race to succeed Jean Charest as leader of the Quebec Liberal Party. When asked why he was re-entering politics, he said, "I feel the need to serve."
|Quebec general election, 2007: Jean-Talon|
|Parti québécois||Véronique Hivon||9,859||30.13||-5.23|
|Action démocratique||Luc de la Sablonnière||6,056||18.51||+3.34|
|Québec solidaire||Bill Clennett||1,463||4.47||+2.95*|
|Christian Democracy||Francis Denis||95||0.29||-|
* Increase is from UFP
|Quebec general election, 2003: Mont-Royal|
|Parti Québécois||Vincent Gagnon||3,465||13.34||+0.60|
|Action démocratique||Nour-Eddine Hajibi||1,240||4.77||+1.23|
- Le Devoir. "Ministère — Un réseau en santé... relative". Retrieved October 6, 2006.
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- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
|Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party
|Minister of Health and Social Services