Jacques Chagnon

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Jacques Chagnon
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Jacques Chagnon in 2011
45th President of the National Assembly
In office
April 5, 2011 – November 26, 2018
PremierJean Charest
Pauline Marois
Philippe Couillard
Lieutenant GovernorPierre Duchesne
J. Michel Doyon
Preceded byYvon Vallières
Succeeded byFrançois Paradis
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Saint-Louis
In office
December 2, 1985 – September 12, 1994
Preceded byHarry Blank
Succeeded byriding redistributed
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Westmount–Saint-Louis
In office
September 12, 1994 – August 29, 2018
Preceded byRiding Established
Succeeded byJennifer Maccarone
Personal details
Born (1952-08-28) August 28, 1952 (age 66)
Montreal, Quebec
Political partyQuebec Liberal Party

Jacques Chagnon (born August 28, 1952 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian politician, who served in the National Assembly of Quebec from 1985 to 2018. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Concordia University and graduate degrees in political science and in Law from the Université de Montréal. He is a former school board commissioner, former president of the Chambly regional school board and the former president of the Fédération des commission scolaires catholiques du Québec. He represented the electoral districts of Saint-Louis from 1985 to 1994 and Westmount–Saint-Louis from 1994 to 2018 as a member of the Quebec Liberal Party (QLP).

He was the Minister of Education in the government of Daniel Johnson from January 11, 1994 to September 26, 1994 when the QLP was defeated in the 1994 election. When the QLP retook power in 2003, he was appointed to cabinet by Premier Jean Charest as Minister of Public Security from April 29, 2003 to February 18, 2005. During his time as Minister of Public Security, he had to deal with the Kanesatake crisis. His performance during this time as well as certain remarks that were perceived as offensive towards aboriginals may explain Charest's decision to drop him from cabinet in 2005. Chagnon was the chair the committee on education in the National Assembly until 2007 and was named the Second Vice-President of the National Assembly after the elections.

Chagnon was first elected in the riding of Saint-Louis in the 1985 election and was re-elected again in 1989. He was then elected in the new riding of Westmount–Saint-Louis during the 1994 election. He was subsequently re-elected in this riding in the 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2012 elections. On April 5, 2011 Chagnon was made Speaker of the National Assembly.

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Electoral record (partial)[edit]

Quebec general election, 1989: Saint-Louis
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Jacques Chagnon 9,034 40.58
Parti Québécois Ariane Véronneau 6,659 29.91
Equality José Di Bona 3,815 17.14
Green François Chevalier 1,804 8.10
New Democratic Kathleen Parewick 457 2.05
Commonwealth of Canada Denis Tremblay 143 0.64
Independent Philippe Champagne 133 0.60
Marxist–Leninist Hélène Héroux 114 0.51
Workers Jean-Claude St-Amour 101 0.45
Total valid votes 22,260 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 374
Turnout 22,634 65.53
Electors on the lists 34,541
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

External links[edit]

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucienne Robillard (Liberal)
Minister of Education (Quebec)
1994
Succeeded by
Jean Garon (PQ)
Preceded by
Serge Ménard (PQ)
Minister of Public Security (Quebec)
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Jacques Dupuis (Liberal)