Henri-François Gautrin

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Henri-François Gautrin
MNA for Verdun
In office
September 25, 1989 – April 23, 2014
Preceded by Paul Gobeil
Succeeded by Jacques Daoust
Personal details
Born (1943-07-30) July 30, 1943 (age 73)
Béthune, France
Political party Quebec Liberal Party
Profession Professor, Physicist
Cabinet Deputy House Leader of the Government

Henri-François Gautrin (born July 30, 1943 in Béthune, France) is a Quebec politician, professor and physicist. He was the Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Verdun in the Montreal region. He represented the Quebec Liberal Party and was the former Minister of Governmental Services from February 2006 to February 2007.

Gautrin went to Collège Stanislas before going to the Université de Montréal where he obtained a bachelor's degree in sciences. He later obtained a master's degree in sciences at McGill University before heading to the Université de Dijon in France in 1971 where he received a State doctor's degree. He also studied economics and public finance in Paris.

He was a professor in the mathematics department at the Université de Montréal since 1969. In addition to his teaching duties at that university, he was also an administration staff member and a member of the executive committee.

He was also active in politics as the leader of the New Democratic Party of Quebec from 1973 to 1979 and was the president of the NO committee in the Taillon riding in the 1980 referendum. He was then a candidate for the Liberals in the 1981 elections in the riding of Dorion, where he was defeated.

Gautrin was elected in Verdun in the 1989 elections where he was named the Caucus chair of the MNAs in Western Montreal and was briefly the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education before the Liberals were defeated by the Parti Québécois. He was re-elected for two other terms as an MNA for the opposition party in 1994 and 1998.

When the Liberals returned to power in 2003, Gautrin was named the Parliamentary secretary to Premier Jean Charest from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, he was named the Online Government Minister and in 2006 the Minister of Governmental Services. After being re-elected in 2007, he was named the Assistant House Leader of the Government and parliamentary assistant to the Premier. He was re-elected in the 2008 Quebec general election.

Electoral record (partial)[edit]

Quebec general election, 2003: Verdun
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Henri-François Gautrin 15,185 52.52
Parti Québécois Denis Martel 8,782 30.38
Action démocratique Sébastien Guérin 3,269 11.31
Green Claude Genest 658 2.28
UFP Pascal Durand 368 1.27
Bloc Pot Vincent Aubry 357 1.23
Christian Democracy Gilles Noël 104 0.36
Marxist–Leninist Normand Chouinard 71 0.25
Equality Bernard King 63 0.22
Independent Robert Lindbald 54 0.19
Total valid votes 28,911 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 391
Turnout 29,302 63.01
Electors on the lists 46,502
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 1989: Verdun
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Henri-François Gautrin 8,295 38.58 −25.69
Parti Québécois Maurice Roch 6,928 32.22 +2.35
Equality Roger Mercure 4,857 22.59
Green Andrew Ferguson 664 3.09
New Democratic Jean-François Moisan 387 1.80 −1.05
Workers Raymond Lemay 266 1.24
Marxist–Leninist Claude Brunelle 106 0.49
Total valid votes 21,503 96.97
Rejected and declined votes 673 3.03
Turnout 22,176 75.27 +1.46
Electors on the lists 29,461
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 1981: Dorion
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Parti Québécois Huguette Lachapelle 14,551 51.54
Liberal Henri-François Gautrin 12,657 44.83
Union Nationale François Lefebvre 524 1.86
     Workers Communist Suzanne Barbeau Foisy 161 0.57
     Workers Gilles Frenière 114 0.40
Marxist–Leninist Ginette Boutet 88 0.31
     Non-affiliated Raymond Beaudoin 74 0.26
United Social Credit Fernand Bélisle 66 0.23
Total valid votes 28,235 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 666
Turnout 28,901 82.58
Electors on the lists 34,997
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pierre Reid
Minister of Government Services
Succeeded by
Monique Jerome-Forget