Hélène David

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Hélène David

Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Outremont
In office
April 23, 2014 – August 29, 2018
Preceded byPhilippe Couillard
Succeeded byriding redistributed
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Assumed office
October 1, 2018
Preceded byRobert Poëti
Minister of Higher Education
Assumed office
February 22, 2016
Preceded byPierre Duchesne
Minister of Culture and Communications
In office
April 23, 2014 – February 22, 2016
Preceded byMaka Kotto
Succeeded byLuc Fortin
Personal details
Born (1953-12-13) December 13, 1953 (age 65)
Montreal, Quebec
Political partyLiberal
ParentsPaul David
Nellie Maillard
RelativesPierre David (brother)
Françoise David (sister)

Hélène David (born 1953) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2014 provincial election.[1] She represented the electoral district of Outremont from 2014 to 2018, and currently represents the district of Marguerite-Bourgeoys, 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 from 2012 to 2017.[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 is a federalist, while Françoise is a sovereigntist. However, Hélène shares Françoise's staunch 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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