Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec

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The Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec (French: Directeur général des élections du Québec; abbreviated DGEQ or DGE) is the official responsible for the administration of the electoral and referendum system in Quebec, Canada.


The Chief Electoral Officer designates both a person and a position. The current Directeur général is Pierre Reid. He is also Chairman of the Commission de la représentation électorale (Commission of Electoral Representation). The DGEQ is also responsible for providing electors with information and ensuring transparency in the Quebec political financing system.

A former Chief Electoral Officer, Pierre F. Côté, became well known in Quebec for his warnings and reports on alleged financing and voting irregularities during the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum.

List of Chief Electoral Officers of Quebec[edit]

  1. Pierre F. Côté (May 25, 1978 – July 16, 1997)[1]
  2. François Casgrain (interim) (July 16, 1997 – July 13, 1998)[1]
  3. Jacques Girard (July 13, 1998 - April 21, 1999)[1]
  4. Jean Jolin (interim) (April 21, 1999 - November 3, 1999)[1]
  5. Francine Barry (interim) (November 3, 1999 - May 3, 2000)[1]
  6. Marcel Blanchet (May 3, 2000 - January 1, 2011)[1]
  7. Jacques Drouin (January 1, 2011 – Present)[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "A short history of the institution". Office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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