Jean-Marc Fournier

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The Honourable
Jean-Marc Fournier
Jean-Marc Fournier PLQ Convention.jpg
Leader of the Official Opposition in Quebec
In office
September 19, 2012 – December 18, 2013
Preceded by Pauline Marois
Succeeded by Philippe Couillard
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Saint-Laurent
Assumed office
September 13, 2010
Preceded by Jacques Dupuis
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Châteauguay
In office
September 12, 1994 – November 5, 2008
Preceded by Pierrette Cardinal
Succeeded by Pierre Moreau
Personal details
Born (1959-10-07) October 7, 1959 (age 57)
Châteauguay, Quebec
Political party Quebec Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Maryse Legault
Profession Lawyer

Jean-Marc Fournier (born October 7, 1959) is a Quebec politician and a lawyer. He was the interim leader of the Quebec Liberal Party from 2012 to 2013.

He currently represents the riding of Saint-Laurent in the National Assembly, and previously represented the riding of Châteauguay from 1994 to 2008. He served as the Minister of Revenue, Government House Leader, Minister of Education, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Attorney General in the Government of Jean Charest.

Early career[edit]

Fournier was born in Châteauguay, Quebec. He studied at the Université de Montréal and obtained a law degree and later a master's degree in public law. He was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1982. He was a lawyer for nearly ten years. He later worked at the offices of the Ministry of Governmental Affairs, Employment and Justice.

He was also a radio host at community radio station CHAI-FM and was an organizer of the 1986 Quebec Winter Games. He was also the president of the Chateauguay Chamber of Commerce and was named Outstanding Citizen in 1987 by the city.

Prior to his entry in provincial politics, Fournier was the defeated candidate of the Liberal Party of Canada in Châteauguay in 1988 and was also involved in the leadership campaign of Paul Martin for Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in which Jean Chrétien eventually won.

Quebec National Assembly[edit]

Fournier won the 1994 election and was subsequently re-elected in the 1998, 2003 and 2007 elections. Before the Quebec Liberal Party took power in the 2003 election, Fournier at various moments served as the chief whip of the official opposition, critic for Canadian intergovernmental affairs, as well as critic for health.

After his 2003 re-election, he was named the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Sports and Recreation and from 2005 to 2007, he was the Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports for Quebec, Canada. Fournier replaced Pierre Reid in the midst of the 2005 Quebec student protests in which over 200 000 college and university students protested the Liberals cuts in bursary funds in the 2004 budget. Fournier and the students groups settled a deal in April 2005 which included involvement from the federal government and its bursary program.

On October 31, 2008, Fournier announced he would retire from politics. On November 17, 2009, it was announced Fournier would join the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Michael Ignatieff, as principal secretary.[1]

Minister under Jean Charest[edit]

On August 9, 2010 it was announced that Fournier would run in a by-election in the district of Saint-Laurent to replace Jacques Dupuis, who was retiring from provincial politics.[2] Two days later, Fournier was appointed the Minister of Justice and the Reform of Democratic Institutions by Premier Jean Charest as part of a wider cabinet shuffle, despite his not yet holding a seat in the National Assembly. He was reelected by a wide margin on September 13, 2010.[3]

Civil disobedience a form of vandalism[edit]

Following large student protests opposing tuition increases, Fournier supported the passage of Bill 78, a Quebec law drafted in response to the protests. After student groups vowed civil disobedience to oppose the law, Fournier declared the practice "a nice word for vandalism."[4]

Interim Liberal Leader[edit]

On September 12, 2012, Fournier was named interim Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, replacing Jean Charest.[5]

Electoral record (partial)[edit]

Quebec general election, 2003: Châteauguay
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Jean-Marc Fournier 20,434 51.80
Parti Québécois Éric Cardinal 13,751 34.86
Action démocratique Daniel Lapointe 4,399 11.15
Bloc Pot Gilles Lalumière 547 1.39
UFP Guylaine Sirard 222 0.56
Equality Robert Jason Morgan 93 0.24
Total valid votes 39,446 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 552
Turnout 39,998 74.33
Electors on the lists 53,810
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.


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Political offices
Preceded by
André Boisclair
Minister of Municipal Affairs (Quebec)
Succeeded by
Nathalie Normandeau
Preceded by
Pierre Reid
Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports
Succeeded by
Michelle Courchesne
Preceded by
Lawrence Bergman
Minister of Revenue (Quebec)
Succeeded by
Robert Dutil
Preceded by
Jacques Dupuis
Government House Leader
Succeeded by
Jacques Dupuis
Preceded by
Kathleen Weil
Minister of Justice (Quebec)
Succeeded by
Bertrand St-Arnaud
Preceded by
Jean Charest
Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (Interim)
Succeeded by
Philippe Couillard