Gilbert Paquette

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Gilbert Paquette
Born (1942-10-19) October 19, 1942 (age 74)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Maine (France)
Occupation university professor, researcher, politician

Gilbert Paquette (born October 19, 1942) is a Canadian university professor, businessman, researcher and politician. Paquette is a researcher at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur le téléapprentissage (CIRTA-LICEF), which he founded in 1992. He was National Assembly of Quebec member for the riding of Rosemont from 1976 to 1985 under the Parti Québécois banner and in the final months of his second term as an Independent MNA.


Gilbert Paquette is a professor at UQAM. He holds a master's degree in computer science and mathematics and a doctorate from the University of Maine in artificial intelligence and education. He holds a Canada Research Chair. He was the scientific director of the LORNET network, arguably the largest Canadian Semantic Web initiative. LORNET ran in the period 2003–2008.

He has been the keynote speaker at several international conferences and he is on the board of five journals. Paquette has also founded two companies, Micro-Intel (1987–1991) and Cogigraph (1999–2004).

Paquette was Minister of Sciences and Technology from 1982 to 1984 in the Quebec government of René Lévesque, but left the party in the last few months of his term. He made a comeback on the political scene in 2005 when he joined the Parti Québécois leadership election to succeed Bernard Landry. On November 10, 2005, he withdrew from the race and asked his supporters to vote for Pauline Marois.

In the 2015 Canadian federal election, he ran for the Bloc Québécois in the riding of LaSalle—Émard—Verdun, finishing third.

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Electoral record (partial)[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: LaSalle—Émard—Verdun
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal David Lametti 23,603 43.90 +25.6
New Democratic Hélène LeBlanc 15,566 28.95 -16.22
Bloc Québécois Gilbert Paquette 9,164 17.05 -6.39
Conservative Mohammad Zamir 3,713 6.91 -2.83
Green Lorraine Banville 1,717 3.19 +0.63
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,763 100.00   $221,667.78
Total rejected ballots 823 1.51
Turnout 54,586 65.12
Eligible voters 83,824
Source: Elections Canada[1][2]

Quebec general election, 1981: Rosemont
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Parti Québécois Gilbert Paquette 17,137 52.69
Liberal Gérard Latulippe 14,434 44.38
Union Nationale Nicole Caron 588 1.81
     Workers Communist Jocelyne Lachapelle 214 0.66
     Workers Réal Labonté 109 0.34
Marxist–Leninist Francine Tremblay 42 0.13
Total valid votes 32,524 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 364
Turnout 32,888 82.69
Electors on the lists 39,775


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National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Gilles Bellemare (Liberal)
MNA for Rosemont
Succeeded by
Guy Rivard (Liberal)