François Legault in 2011
|Leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec|
Assumed office |
November 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Position created|
|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for L'Assomption|
Assumed office |
September 4, 2012
|Preceded by||Scott McKay|
|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Rousseau|
December 15, 1998 – June 25, 2009
|Preceded by||Lévis Brien|
|Succeeded by||Nicolas Marceau|
May 26, 1957|
Parti Québécois 1998–2009 |
Coalition Avenir Québec 2011–present
|Alma mater||HEC Montréal|
|Net worth||$10 000 000|
|Portfolio||Finances, Economic Development|
He was a member of the National Assembly of Quebec from 1998 to 2009, serving in the government of Quebec as Minister of Education from 1998 to 2002 and as Minister of Health from 2002 to 2003. As a member of the Parti Québécois (PQ), he was first elected in the 1998 Quebec election in the riding of Rousseau in the Lanaudière region. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2008 but resigned his seat on June 25, 2009. He was elected as the MNA for L'Assomption, a suburb of Montreal, at the 2012 Quebec provincial election. He was reelected in 2014.
Early life and education
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He co-founded Air Transat in 1986 after being the director of marketing at Quebecair. He was the Chief Executive Officer of that company until 1997, with a turnover of C$1.3 billion and 4000 employees. He also managed the Marc-Aurèle Fortin Museum for a year.
Landry appointed Legault as Minister of Education and later as Minister of Health and Social Services. He was re-elected in 2003 while the PQ lost to the Quebec Liberal Party. He remained on the PQ front bench as the critic for economics, economic development and finances.
Legault was re-elected in the 2008 elections but announced on June 25, 2009 that would retire from politics. He was seen by some political analysts at the time as a potential contender in a future leadership election.
Coalition Avenir Québec
In February 2011, Legault co-founded with Charles Sirois a new political movement called the "Coalition pour l'avenir du Québec ("Coalition for the Future of Quebec"). In November 2011 it became an official party under the name Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ). The CAQ aims to bring together like-minded voters in a single party regardless of their views on Quebec nationalism, Quebec federalism and Quebec autonomism. Legault had spent his entire political career prior to 2011 as a sovereigntist, but has promised that a CAQ government will never hold a referendum on sovereignty.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to François Legault.|
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
| Minister of Education (Quebec)
| Minister of Health and Social Services (Quebec)
| Minister of Industry and Commerce
| Minister of Science and Technology
Gilles Taillon (ADQ)
| Official Opposition's Shadow Minister of Finance
| Leader of Coalition Avenir Québec