Gourde represented the Lévis, Quebec electoral district after winning a 4 May 1981 by-election. He served the latter part of the 32nd Canadian Parliament until he was defeated in 1984 federal election by Gabriel Fontaine of the Progressive Conservative party. Gourde attempted a political comeback in the 2011 federal election unsuccessfully running for the Bloc Québécois in the riding of Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière.
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