Bernard Drainville

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Bernard Drainville
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Bernard Drainville, député de Marie-Victorin.
MNA for Marie-Victorin
In office
April 25, 2007 – June 13, 2016
Preceded by Cécile Vermette
Succeeded by Catherine Fournier
Personal details
Born (1963-06-06) June 6, 1963 (age 53)
Île Dupas, Quebec
Political party Parti Québécois
Residence Quebec City
Profession journalist, television host
Portfolio Health and Castonguay Commission (2008) affairs

Bernard Drainville (born June 6, 1963) is a Canadian politician, television host and journalist. He was the Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Marie-Victorin in Longueuil from 2007 to 2016, representing the Parti Québécois.


Drainville was born in Île Dupas, Quebec. He attended the University of Ottawa, where he was president of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa in 1984-85, and obtained a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in international relations at the London School of Economics.

In 1989, Drainville joined Radio-Canada as a journalist, where he worked at the Windsor affiliate. He became a correspondent for Latin America in 2001, where he was arrested once in Mexico and detained by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Prior to 2007, he was a television host at the network's news channel RDI and the correspondent at the National Assembly, and a correspondent for the Canadian House of Commons from 1998 to 2001. He hosted the City of Montreal mayoral debate between Gérald Tremblay and Pierre Bourque during the 2005 municipal election campaign.

Drainville jumped into provincial politics and was elected in the 2007 elections in Marie-Victorin and was named the PQ's critic in health. He was re-elected in the 2008 and 2012 general elections.

On September 19, 2012 he became Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship[1] under the Marois government. He was responsible for introducing the controversial Quebec Charter of Values, which would have banned state employees from wearing religious symbols.

He was re-elected in 2014, despite his party's defeat and was appointed the official opposition critic for energy and natural resources.[2]

On October 20, 2014 he declared his candidacy for the Parti Québécois leadership election[3] but dropped out on April 22, 2015 and endorsed Pierre-Karl Péladeau.[4]

On September 7, 2015 he was appointed the Opposition House leader by Péladeau.

On June 13, 2016, he announced he was leaving politics, saying that Mr. Péladeau's departure had prompted a reflection on his own career. He is going back to work in the media, co-hosting with Éric Duhaime a noon hour radio show on FM93 in Quebec City.

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  4. ^ "Bernard Drainville drops out of PQ leadership race to support Péladeau". Toronto Star. April 22, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 

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