Hélène Robert

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Hélène Robert (born October 12, 1945) is a Canadian farmer, administrator and politician. Robert was a Parti Québécois member of the National Assembly of Quebec from 1994 to 2007.

Early life and career[edit]

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.[1]

Political career[edit]

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."[2] 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.[3]

She was elected to the Quebec legislature in the 1994 provincial election as the Parti Québécois won a majority government under Parizeau's leadership.[4] 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.[5]

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.[1] She was re-elected without difficulty in the 1998 provincial election and afterwards served as a government backbencher.[6]

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.

After politics[edit]

Robert visited Benin in 2010 in a mission sponsored by UPA Développement International to support two farmers organizations in the country.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

Quebec general election, 2003: Deux-Montagnes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parti Québécois Hélène Robert 12,432 39.04
Liberal Marc Lauzon 12,099 37.99
Action démocratique Éric Duhaime 6,907 21.69
UFP Julien Demers 408 1.28
Total valid votes 31,846 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 557
Turnout 32,403 74.37
Electors on the lists 43,571


Quebec general election, 1998: Deux-Montagnes
Party Candidate Votes %
Parti Québécois Hélène Robert 21,831 47.03
Liberal Robert Fragasso 14,378 30.97
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
Turnout 46,952 81.08
Electors on the lists 57,907


Quebec general election, 1994: Deux-Montagnes
Party Candidate Votes %
Parti Québécois Hélène Robert 20,742 48.34
Liberal Francine Labelle 15,053 35.08
Action démocratique Sylvie Allaire 6,523 15.20
 } Development Georges Robert 305 0.71
Natural Law Alain Gerard Antinori 286 0.67
Total valid votes 42,909 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 932
Turnout 43,841 83.28
Electors on the lists 52,644


Quebec general election, 1989: Deux-Montagnes
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Jean-Guy Bergeron 15,656 46.48
Parti Québécois Hélène Robert 15,141 44.95
Equality Rudolf Neumayer 2,449 7.27
United Social Credit Georges Vaudrin 435 1.29
Total valid votes 33,681 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 1,061
Turnout 34,742 75.98
Electors on the lists 45,723

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Frederic Tremblay, "Parizeau's future under debate within PQ," Vancouver Sun, 11 April 1992, A3.
  4. ^ Campbell Clark, "Daniel Johnson finds himself with PQ neighbor," Montreal Gazette, 13 September 1994, A11.
  5. ^ Elizabeth Thompson, "Montreal won't be overlooked Laurin says; Ex-minister heads panel to tackle city's problems," Montreal Gazette, 27 September 1994, B1.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.