|Leader of the Official Opposition in Quebec|
April 23, 2014
|Preceded by||Philippe Couillard|
|Leader of the Parti Québécois (interim)|
April 10, 2014
|Preceded by||Pauline Marois|
|MNA for Chicoutimi|
December 15, 1998
|Preceded by||Jeanne Blackburn|
March 11, 1968 |
|Political party||Parti Québécois|
Stéphane Bédard (born 11 March 1968, in Chicoutimi, Quebec) is interim leader of the Parti Québécois. A Quebec lawyer and politician, he is the current Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the provincial riding of Chicoutimi. He was chosen interim leader by the PQ caucus on April 10, 2014, following the PQ government's defeat in the 2014 general election and the resignation of Pauline Marois.
Stéphane Bédard is the son of Marc-André Bédard, and the brother of lawyer Éric Bédard (lead partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau who is very close to Pierre Karl Péladeau). After studying administration at HEC Montréal (1987-1988), he received a bachelor's degree in law at the Université de Montréal in 1991 and was admitted in 1992 at the Barreau du Québec. He was a lawyer from 1992 to 1998 in Chicoutimi. He was involved in politics during this period being the President of the Parti Québécois in Chicoutimi from 1994 to 1998 and was a member of the Yes Committee for the 1995 referendum.
Bédard ran for MNA in Chicoutimi in 1998 and was elected. While he was not named in a Ministry position, he was the Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of State for Education and Youth from March 21, 2001 to December 5, 2001, Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of State for Education and Employment from December 5, 2001 to January 30, 2002 and Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of State for Administration and the Public Service and Chair of the Conseil du trésor from January 30, 2002 to April 29, 2003. He was Secretary of State for the Renewal of the Public Service from January 30, 2002 to April 29, 2003.
Bédard was re-elected in 2003 but the Parti Québécois lost to the Quebec Liberal Party. He was named the Assistant Deputy Leader of the Opposition and after being re-elected for a third term in 2007, he was named the PQ's chief Whip. After the 2008, he was named the House leader of the opposition while being replaced by Pointe-aux-Trembles MNA Nicole Léger as Chief Whip of the PQ.
He was elected for a fifth term in the 2012 general election, as the Parti québécois regained power. On September 19, 2012 he became Minister responsible for Government Administration, Chair of the Conseil du trésor (Treasury Board), Government House Leader and Minister responsible for the Saguenay–Lac‑Saint-Jean region in the government of Premier Pauline Marois.
Notes and references
- "PQ elects Stephane Bedard to interim leader post". CTV News. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- Pierre Karl Péladeau,
- Offices held
- Members of Cabinet
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Parti Québécois (interim)
Michel Morin (Parti Québécois)
|Parti Québécois Chief Whip
|National Assembly of Quebec|
François Gendron (PQ)
|House Leader of the Second Opposition Group
|No Second Opposition Group after 2008|
Sébastien Proulx (ADQ)
|House Leader of the Official Opposition
Pierre Moreau (Liberal)