Jean-A. Joly

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Jean-A. Joly (born August 29, 1939) is a Canadian politician from Quebec. He served as a Liberal member of the National Assembly of Quebec from 1985 to 1994.

He should not be confused with a different Jean Joly who has been a municipal politician in Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot.

Early life and career[edit]

Joly was born in Montreal.[1] He was a technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1956 to 1959 and later worked as a life insurance sales manager.[2] Before running for office, he was known for his involvement in anti-drug campaigns.[3]


Joly was first elected to the Quebec legislature in the 1985 provincial election, defeating Parti Québécois incumbent Michel Leduc in the Laval division of Fabre. The Liberals won a majority government in this election, and Joly entered the legislature as a backbench supporter of Robert Bourassa's government. In 1988, he was part of a group of Liberal legislators who pressured manpower and income security minister Pierre Paradis to remove the harsher aspects of a welfare reform bill.[4] Joly supported both a subway line and the extension of Highway 440 into Laval during the late 1980s.[5]

He was re-elected to a second term in the 1989 provincial election and supported Robert Bourassa's shift to Quebec nationalism in 1990 after the failure of the Meech Lake Accord on reforming the Canadian constitution.[6] He did not seek re-election in 1994.

Joly has served as president of the Fondation des parlementaires Québécois.[7]

Federal politics[edit]

Joly campaigned on behalf of Liberal Party of Canada candidate Michel Dupuy in the 1993 Canadian federal election.[8] The federal and provincial Liberal parties are not aligned in Quebec, and not all provincial Liberals support the federal party.

Electoral record[edit]

Quebec general election, 1989: Fabre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jean-A. Joly 16,283 51.68
Parti Québécois Michel Leduc 13,704 43.50
Lemon Luc Cloutier 1,520 4.82
Total valid votes 31,507 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 1,087
Turnout 32,594 79.31
Electors on the lists 41,095

Quebec general election, 1985: Fabre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jean-A. Joly 15,130 51.38
Parti Québécois Michel Leduc 13,199 44.82
  New Democratic Party Louis Roy 668 2.27
     Parti indépendantiste Guy Milot 371 1.26
     Christian Socialist Jacques Forget 81 0.28
Total valid votes 29,449 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 483
Turnout 29,932 80.19
Electors on the lists 37,327


  1. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec. 
  2. ^ Aaron Derfel, "Anglos may hold key to victory; The race in Fabre," Montreal Gazette, 31 August 1989, A6.
  3. ^ Harvey Shepherd, "Laval: Two PQ cabinet ministers swamped by red tide," Montreal Gazette, 3 December 1985, C4.
  4. ^ Sarah Scott, "Liberal backbenchers, youth wing teaming up to battle welfare plan," Montreal Gazette, 3 June 1988, A4.
  5. ^ Catherine Buckie, "Laval politicians drum up support for Metro," Montreal Gazette, 8 November 1988, A3;
  6. ^ Philip Authier, "Bourassa slams door on constitution talks," Montreal Gazette, 24 June 1990, A1.
  7. ^ Fondation des parlementaires Québécois: Cultures à partager, accessed 28 March 2011.
  8. ^ Geoff Baker, "BQ juggernaut takes 2 seats in Laval, Liberals salvage 1," Montreal Gazette, 26 October 1993, B9.