|Senator for Stadacona, Quebec|
March 11, 1993 – January 31, 2015
|Appointed by||Brian Mulroney|
January 27, 1943 |
|Political party||Independent (2004-present)
Progressive Conservative (1993-2003)
Born in L'Assomption, Quebec, the son of Victor Rivest and Yvette Lafortune, he studied law at the Université de Montréal. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1966. He practiced law from 1966 to 1967, until he started working for Jean Lesage. From 1970 to 1976, he worked for Robert Bourassa, Premier of Quebec. From 1976 to 1979, he worked for Gérard D. Levesque, leader of the Official Opposition in the National Assembly of Quebec. In 1979, he was elected to the National Assembly as a Liberal Party candidate in a by-election in the riding of Jean-Talon. He was re-elected in the 1981 general election.
He was appointed to the Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1993. He initially sat as a Progressive Conservative Senator. Upon that party's merger with the Canadian Alliance, he sat in the newly formed Conservative Party caucus. In September 2004, he changed his designation to "Independent". He was a member of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee.
Rivest retired from the Senate at the end of January 2015, three years prior to reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- Jean-Claude Rivest – Parliament of Canada biography
|Parliament of Canada|
|Canadian senator for Stadacona senate division