Bernard Cleary

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Bernard Cleary
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Louis-Saint-Laurent
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Josée Verner
Personal details
Born (1937-05-08) May 8, 1937 (age 79)
Mashteuiatsh, Quebec
Political party Bloc Québécois

Bernard Cleary (born May 8, 1937 in Mashteuiatsh, Quebec) is a Canadian politician.

Cleary was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the Canadian federal election, 2004. He was the Bloc Québécois member of parliament for the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent. He was the Bloc's critic to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Prior to being elected, Cleary was a businessman, chief negotiator, journalist and professor.

In 2006, he was defeated by Josée Verner from the Conservative Party of Canada.

He was the first person of Aboriginal descent to be elected in Quebec, as well as the first Innu person elected from any province, to the House of Commons.[1]


  1. ^ "Meet Canada's first Innu MP, the Bloc's Bernard Cleary". The Hill Times, November 8, 2004.

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