|29th Mayor of Longueuil|
|Preceded by||Claude Gladu|
|Succeeded by||Claude Gladu|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Jean-Pierre Côté|
|Succeeded by||Nic Leblanc|
April 14, 1944 |
Hull, Quebec, Canada
Parti municipal Rive-Sud–Équipe Olivier
Background and early career
A hospital worker in his youth, Olivier was elected president of the trade union local at Charles-LeMoyne Hospital and treasurer of Quebec's National Federation of Hospital Employees. In 1970, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed Olivier as an aide to the Canadian Cabinet on labour relations.
Election to Federal Parliament and Federal political role
In the 1972 election, Olivier was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Longueuil. He served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Labour from 1976 to 1978.
Following the 1980 election, Olivier was elected chair of the Liberal Party's Quebec caucus. In January 1984, Trudeau appointed Olivier to the Cabinet as Minister of State for fitness and amateur sport. Olivier was dropped from Cabinet in June when John Napier Turner became the new prime minister. He was defeated in the subsequent 1984 election.
Following his defeat, Olivier established a Ford dealership in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, and soon joined the board of directors of the Corporation des concessionnaires automobiles du Grand Montréal et du Québec.
Longueuil municipal politics
In 1987, he ran to be mayor of Longueuil, but was defeated. He was elected mayor of the Montreal suburb in 2001, and serves as vice-chairman of the executive committee of the Montreal Metropolitan Community. During the Quebec municipal restructuring of 2002, Olivier became Mayor of the new Mega-city of Longueuil which merged the former cities of Longueuil, Boucherville, Brossard and Saint-Lambert; towns of Greenfield Park, LeMoyne, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Hubert. This merger was partially reversed after municipal referendums and was seen by many to be a failure on Olivier's part to sell the new Mega-City. Olivier led his own municipal political party, équipe Olivier, which held a large majority on Longueuil's city council.
Electoral record (incomplete)
|Canadian federal election, 1972: Longueuil|
|Social Credit||Emile-A. Vadeboncoeur||12,091||24.38|
|Progressive Conservative||Marcel Robidas||7,015||14.14|
|New Democratic Party||Robert Mansour||4,548||9.17|
|Non-Affiliated||Raôul Wéziwézô Duguay||1,625||3.28|
|N/A (Marxist-Leninist)||André Pesant||170||0.34|
|Total valid votes||49,598||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||2,977|
|Electors on the lists||72,458|
|Source: Official Voting Results, Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (Canada), 1972.|
|Parliament of Canada|
|Member of Parliament for Longueuil