Jacques Duchesneau

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Jacques Duchesneau
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Jacques Duchesneau in 2013
MNA for Saint-Jérôme
In office
September 19, 2012 – 2014
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byPierre Karl Péladeau
Chief of the Montreal Police Service
In office
Preceded byAlain Saint-Germain
Succeeded byMichel Sarrazin
President and CEO of Canadian Air Transport Security Authority
In office
Preceded byNone - new post
Succeeded byKevin McGarr
Personal details
Born (1949-02-07) February 7, 1949 (age 69)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyCoalition Avenir Québec
Alma materUniversité de Montréal
École nationale d'administration publique
ProfessionCivil servant
Police chief

Jacques Duchesneau, CM (born February 7, 1949) is a Canadian politician, civil servant, former chief of police, and former president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. Duchesneau was the member of the Quebec National Assembly for the riding of Saint-Jérôme from 2012 to 2014, elected under the Coalition Avenir Québec banner.


He holds a bachelor of science degree from the Université de Montréal, a master's degree in public administration from the École nationale d'administration publique, and is in the process of completing a doctorate degree at the Royal Military College of Canada.


Duchesneau began his career at the Montreal Urban Community Police Service (SPCUM) in 1968. He first appeared in the public eye in 1981, when as a young sergeant-detective, he arrested his own boss for stealing drugs from the evidence locker.[1] From 1994 to 1998, he commanded the SPCUM and simultaneously served as treasurer of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and president of the Quebec Association of Police Directors. After retiring from his police career in 1998, he campaigned to become the Mayor of Montreal with his party Nouveau Montréal, finishing second with 26% of the vote, behind incumbent Pierre Bourque (44%) but ahead of former Mayor Jean Doré (10%). After losing the race and failing to secure a seat as city councillor, he retreated to the private sector.[2]

In 2002, he was appointed as the first president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, a then newly formed Canadian Crown Corporation in response to the events of 9/11. Duchesneau retired from CATSA in 2008 to become an adjunct professor in the faculty of social science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.[3]

Duchesneau entered the public eye again in early 2010, when the Quebec provincial government, shaken by corruption scandals, appointed him to lead an anti-collusion unit within the Transport Ministry, which would eventually be integrated within the larger Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC). In the fall of 2011, Duchesneau leaked to the media a devastating 88-page report documenting cases of corruption and describing an entangled web of links between construction companies, organized crime, Transport Quebec and political donations.[4] He was fired a month later. Testifying on June 14, 2012 in the inquiry of the Charbonneau commission, whose mission is to probe the corruption in Quebec’s construction industry, regarding his motive to leak the report, Duchesneau said he feared his findings would be shelved, arguing the then transport minister, Sam Hamad, showed ‘complete disinterest’ in the report.[5]

On August 5, 2012, five days after the start of the provincial election campaign, Duchesneau confirmed that he was going to run as a star candidate for the upstart Coalition Avenir Québec, led by François Legault. His candidacy was said to be a 'game-changer' in the election.[6] He subsequently won a seat as an MNA in the riding of Saint-Jérôme.

Other activities[edit]

Duchesneau is a commissioned officer of the Canadian Forces, who served as honorary colonel of the Canadian Forces Military Police and as honorary lieutenant-colonel of the 62nd (Shawinigan) Field Artillery Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery). He also served on the board of directors of the Canadian Red Cross. He has written articles on security, terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking, police ethics, and leadership.


Electoral record (incomplete)[edit]

1998 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, Ahuntsic


  1. ^ Nelson Wyatt (August 3, 2012). "'Abrasive' whistleblower takes anti-corruption fight to Quebec election". The Canadian Press.
  2. ^ "Une opposition divisée" Archived 2007-10-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Radio-Canada, January 6, 2000.
  3. ^ Mr. Jacques Duchesneau is Appointed Adjunct Professor
  4. ^ "Link between organized crime and construction clear: report". CTV Montreal. September 15, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Rheal Seguin (June 14, 2012). "Quebec anti-corruption squad boss: I leaked findings so they wouldn't be ignored". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  6. ^ Rheal Seguin (August 3, 2012). "Jacques Duchesneau's candidacy changes Quebec political game". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved June 14, 2012.