Gilles Baril (PQ)

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Not to be confused with Gilles Baril (Liberal), his namesake who defeated him in the 1985 Quebec election.
Gilles Baril
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue
In office
Preceded by District was created
Succeeded by Gilles Baril
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Berthier
In office
Preceded by Albert Houde
Succeeded by Marie Grégoire
Personal details
Born (1957-03-24) 24 March 1957 (age 60)
Saint-Eugène-de-Guigues, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Parti Québécois
Profession journalist, politician, administrator

Gilles Baril (born 24 March 1957) is a Canadian businessman, journalist and former politician in Quebec, Canada. He was a Parti Québécois member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA).[1]

Born in Saint-Eugène-de-Guigues, Quebec, Baril has a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Moncton.

He defeated incumbent Camil Samson in 1981 and became the Parti Québécois Member of the National Assembly for the district of Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue at the age of 24. He became parliamentary assistant in 1984. In the 1985 election, he was defeated by another Gilles Baril, the candidate of the Quebec Liberal Party.[2]

From 1990 to 1994, Baril was Director of Pavillon du Nouveau Point de vue, an addiction intervention center. He also had a career in the media.

Baril made a political comeback in 1994, when he was elected to the legislature in the district of Berthier. He served as a parliamentary assistant and was re-elected in 1998. From 1998 to 2002, Baril was a Member of the Cabinet of Premiers Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry. He also was his party's campaign manager.

In 2002 though, he resigned and left politics, after allegations of corruption were made against him and lobbying firm Oxygène 9.

From 2002 to 2005, Baril was in charge of the Hydro-Québec International office in Santiago, Chile.

After Hydro Québec International, Baril is a Vice President in Quebec engineering and construction company DESSAU.

Electoral record (partial)[edit]

Quebec general election, 1998: Berthier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Parti Québécois Gilles Baril 20,074 53.58 −0.08
Liberal Sylvie Thouin 11,710 31.26 −5.04
Action démocratique Robert Robitaille 5,113 13.65 +5.31
Socialist Democracy François Rivest 297 0.79
Natural Law Louise Roy 268 0.72 +0.01
Total valid votes 37,462 98.59
Rejected and declined votes 535 1.41
Turnout 37,997 79.51 −2.51
Electors on the lists 47,790
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.


  1. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec. 
  2. ^ [1]