Hélène David

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The Honourable Doctor
Hélène David
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Outremont
Assumed office
April 23, 2014
Preceded by Philippe Couillard
Minister of Higher Education
Assumed office
February 22, 2016
Preceded by Pierre Duchesne
Minister of Culture and Communications
In office
April 23, 2014 – February 22, 2016
Preceded by Maka Kotto
Succeeded by Luc Fortin
Personal details
Born (1953-12-13) December 13, 1953 (age 64)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Parents Paul David
Nellie Maillard
Relatives Pierre David (brother)
Françoise David (sister)
Thérèse David (sister)
Anne-Marie David (sister)
Charles-Philippe David (brother)
Profession Professor

Hélène David'(1953 - )' is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2014 provincial election.[1] She represents the electoral district of Outremont as a member of the Quebec Liberal Party,[1] and appointed as the Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language.


David was born, raised and educated in Outremont.[2] She holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the Université de Montréal. In 1984 she started to work as an instructor in psychopathology and women's and maternal issues. She is also a member of various university committees, overseer of psychology graduate programs, deputy director of the Department of Psychology, and vice-rector of academic affairs, international relations, and the Francophonie at the university.

From 2008 to 2010 she was assistant deputy minister for higher education in the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports under then-Premier Jean Charest.[3]

She received the Simone Chouinard Award from the Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre, and the International Cesare Sacerdoti Award from the International Psychoanalytical Association. In 1977 became a member of the Quebec College of Psychologists, and served for many years on the board of the Montreal Heart Institute.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She is the younger sister of Françoise David, a member of the National Assembly for the Québec solidaire party.[4] When asked about her sister, she said that the two have "known for a long time that we’re not necessarily from the same political family." Hélène David is a federalist, while her sister is a sovereigntist. However, Hélène shares her sister's loyal feminism; she considers herself "allergic to all domination of women by men."[4][5]

Her other siblings include Pierre David, a film producer, and Charles-Philippe David, a political science professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Her father is Paul David, a former cardiologist and PC Senator under former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

On February 22, 2016 she became Minister of Higher Education.


  1. ^ a b "Hélène David wins Liberal seat in Outremont". Global News, April 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Hélène David "Helene David" Check |url= value (help). Biography. Parti Liberal de Quebec. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Hélène David's Mandate and Biography". Université de Montréal. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Françoise David's sister Hélène to run for Liberals". CTV Montreal. March 2, 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Muise, Monique (March 3, 2014). "Hélène David to run for Liberals". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 

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