Early life and career
Robert was born in Sainte-Scholastique, Quebec. She received a teaching degree from the Collège Ignace-Bourget in 1965 and taught at the École secondaire Georges-Vanier and other Quebec schools for most of the period between 1965 and 1994. She also owned an apple farm from 1977 to 1988 and was active with local agricultural organizations. From 1990 to 1992, she chaired the administrative council of the École secondaire Georges-Vanier.
Robert ran as a Parti Québécois candidate in Deux-Montagnes in the 1989 provincial election. She centered her local campaign around environmental issues while also highlighting her support for Quebec nationalism. Near the end of the election, she said, "My grandmother was a Canadian, my mother was a French-Canadian and I'm a Quebecoise. I want to make sure that my daughter, too, is a Quebecoise." On election day, she was narrowly defeated by Liberal candidate Jean-Guy Bergeron. Robert later served as president of the Parti Québécois's association in Deux-Montagnes; she offered support to party leader Jacques Parizeau in 1992 when his leadership was questioned by some in the party.
She was elected to the Quebec legislature in the 1994 provincial election as the Parti Québécois won a majority government under Parizeau's leadership. On September 26, 1994, she was appointed as the government's regional delegate for the Laurentides. This was not a ministerial position, although she had some oversight powers on regional development projects.
Lucien Bouchard succeeded Parizeau as premier on January 29, 1996, and eliminated the government's regional delegate positions. Robert was re-assigned as regional secretary for the Laurentides and parliamentary assistant to the minister responsible for the Laurentides, positions that she held until October 28, 1998. She was re-elected without difficulty in the 1998 provincial election and afterwards served as a government backbencher.
Robert was narrowly re-elected to a third term in the 2003 provincial election as the Parti Québécois was defeated by the Liberal Party under Jean Charest. She served as an opposition member for the next four years and did not seek re-election in 2007.
|Quebec general election, 2003: Deux-Montagnes|
|Parti Québécois||Hélène Robert||12,432||39.04|
|Action démocratique||Éric Duhaime||6,907||21.69|
|Total valid votes||31,846||100.00|
|Rejected and declined votes||557|
|Electors on the lists||43,571|
|Quebec general election, 1998: Deux-Montagnes|
|Parti Québécois||Hélène Robert||21,831||47.03|
|Action démocratique||Jacques Hébert||9,628||20.74|
|Bloc Pot||Marc-André Roy||324||0.70|
|Socialist Democracy||Luc Charlebois||141||0.30|
|Equality||Ovid da Silva||121||0.26|
|Total valid votes||46,423||100.00|
|Rejected and declined votes||529|
|Electors on the lists||57,907|
|Quebec general election, 1994: Deux-Montagnes|
|Parti Québécois||Hélène Robert||20,742||48.34|
|Action démocratique||Sylvie Allaire||6,523||15.20|
|Natural Law||Alain Gerard Antinori||286||0.67|
|Total valid votes||42,909||100.00|
|Rejected and declined votes||932|
|Electors on the lists||52,644|
|Quebec general election, 1989: Deux-Montagnes|
|Parti Québécois||Hélène Robert||15,141||44.95|
|United Social Credit||Georges Vaudrin||435||1.29|
|Total valid votes||33,681||100.00|
|Rejected and declined votes||1,061|
|Electors on the lists||45,723|
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- Peter Alexander, "Fighting to save the environment; The race in Deux Montagnes," Montreal Gazette, 14 September 1989, A7; Elisabeth Kalbfuss, "PQ winds up campaign on a nostalgic note," Montreal Gazette, 24 September 1989, A8.
- Frederic Tremblay, "Parizeau's future under debate within PQ," Vancouver Sun, 11 April 1992, A3.
- Campbell Clark, "Daniel Johnson finds himself with PQ neighbor," Montreal Gazette, 13 September 1994, A11.
- Elizabeth Thompson, "Montreal won't be overlooked Laurin says; Ex-minister heads panel to tackle city's problems," Montreal Gazette, 27 September 1994, B1.
- Doug Sweet, "Ryan's old riding falls to PQ; Beaudoin just takes Argenteuil as Parti Quois cruises in next-door riding," Montreal Gazette, 1 December 1998, B10.
- Hélène Robert au Bénin pour partager son expérience Dany Cloutier, "Hélène Robert au Bénin pour partager son expérience", L'Éveil et La Concorde, 6 November 2010, accessed 8 May 2011.