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|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Sherbrooke|
|Preceded by||Carrier Fortin|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Paul Pépin|
|Preceded by||Gérard Gosselin|
|Succeeded by||André J. Hamel|
|President of the National Assembly of Quebec|
24 February 1970 – 8 June 1970
|Preceded by||Gérard Lebel|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Noël Lavoie|
October 13, 1933|
|Died||March 20, 2007
|Political party||Union Nationale
He was born on October 13, 1933 in Asbestos, Quebec, the son of a miner, and studied at the Collège Saint-Aimé there and the Université de Sherbrooke. He was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1961 and set up practice in Sherbrooke.
He won a seat to the provincial legislature in 1966 and became the Union Nationale Member for the district of Sherbrooke. He served as President of the National Assembly of Quebec (House Speaker) from February to June 1970, but lost re-election in Quebec general election, 1970, finishing fourth with 21% of the vote.
He returned to the National Assembly as a member of the Parti Québécois in 1981. Fréchette was Finance Minister in the cabinet of René Lévesque from April 1981 to September 1982, then Minister of Labour until October 1985. He was Minister of Justice and Minister of Labour in the cabinet of Pierre-Marc Johnson from October to December 1985. He was defeated by a narrow margin in 1985.
After his defeat in 1985, he returned to the practice of law and also hosted an open line show on a Sherbrooke radio station. In 1988, he was named a judge in the Quebec Superior Court at Montreal and was assigned to Saint-François district in 1991.
He died of cancer, aged 73, on March 20, 2007.