Claude Forget

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Claude Forget
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Saint-Laurent
In office
Preceded byLéo Pearson
Succeeded byGermain Leduc
Personal details
Born (1936-05-28) May 28, 1936 (age 83)
Montreal, Quebec
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Monique Jérôme-Forget
CabinetMinister of Social Affairs (1973-1976)

Claude E. Forget, OC (born May 28, 1936) is a Canadian economist and former politician.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Forget holds a master's degree in public finances from the London School of Economics as well as a bachelor's degree in economics. He was also admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1959. He was a teacher in economics at the Université du Québec à Montréal for three years.[1]

In 1973, he was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec from the riding of Saint-Laurent. A Liberal, he was the Minister of Social Affairs from 1973 to 1976 in the cabinet of Robert Bourassa. He was re-elected in 1976 and 1981. He resigned on November 17, 1981.[1]

In 1984, he was appointed chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Unemployment Insurance.[1]

In 1991, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[2]

Has been quoted as saying, "Our political system itself reaches a position of equilibrium by generating such dysfunctional incentives." [3]


  1. ^ a b c "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  2. ^ Order of Canada citation
  3. ^ The Future of Fiscal Federalism.1994. Ed. Keith Banting, Douglas Brown, and Thomas Courchene. p132