DesRuisseaux previously won the Governor General's Award for French language poetry in 1989 for his collection Monème. He was also nominated for the Governor General's Award for English to French translation in 1996 for Contre-taille, an anthology of translated poetry by English Canadian writers.
"His career-long fascination with Canada's literary traditions and history make him an excellent choice to engage us, as Canadians, in dialogue about the importance of verse in our national culture," Speaker of the Canadian Senate Noel Kinsella said about DesRuisseaux.
DesRuisseaux wrote the Livre des proverbes québécois and Dictionnaire des expressions québécoises, chosen by the Quebec Association for Intercultural Education as a work representative of Quebec's popular culture.
- (French) Pierre DesRuisseaux at CyberScol
- "Quebec's Pierre DesRuisseaux named parliamentary poet laureate". cbc.ca, April 28, 2009.
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