Jean Dorion

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Jean Dorion
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher
In office
Preceded by Caroline St-Hilaire
Succeeded by Pierre Nantel
Personal details
Born (1942-08-17) August 17, 1942 (age 74)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Bloc Québécois
Profession sociologist, activist, politician

Jean Dorion (born August 17, 1942) is a Canadian politician, sociologist, and a Quebec nationalist leader. He is the current President of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal (SSJBM), a post he also held from 1989 to 1994. He is additionally the treasurer of the affiliated Mouvement national des Québécoises et des Québécois (MNQ). A polyglot, he speaks six languages,[1] including Japanese, his wife's native language. He was elected as a member of parliament for the Bloc Québécois in the 2008 Canadian federal election, in the riding of Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher.[2]


Starting in the 1960s, several years before the adoption of the Charter of the French Language, Dorion was a vocal advocate of French language rights. He worked in the Government of Quebec,[3] first as political attaché for Minister of Immigration Jacques Couture, and later as Chief of Cabinet of Minister Gérald Godin when he held the responsibility of the application of the Charter of the French Language.[4]

He was President of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal from 1989 to 1994. Afterwards, he held the role of General Delegate for five and a half years[1] at the General Delegation of Quebec in Tokyo.[3] He was returned to the post of President of the SSJBM in 2003, succeeding Guy Bouthillier.

Private life[edit]

In August 1989, on a stroll through Old Montreal, Dorion met Hiromi, a Japanese tourist looking for directions. She was then living in the American city of Cleveland, completing a doctoral thesis in nursing science. Already proficient in Japanese, he guided her in her native language and charmed her. She learned French and moved to Montreal on June 23, 1990, in time to witness, two days later, one of the biggest and most famous Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day parades in history (after the end of the Meech Lake Accord).[1]

They were married on May 4, 1991. Five children were born from this union, each with both a French and Japanese name: Thierry, or Chieri (meaning "house of a thousand blessings"); Marie-France, or Mariko ("child of truth"); Alice, or Asami ("beauty of the morning"); Blanche, or Yukie ("scene of winter"); and Émile, or Emiru ("prosperity"). The children follow Saturday courses to complete their Japanese culture and speak Japanese at home.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Deux histoires d'amour à savourer" by Betty Achard, Madame Magazine, October 2003, retrieved October 5, 2006
  2. ^ Mario Girard : Jean Dorion pourrait se joindre au Bloc | La Presse | Cyberpresse
  3. ^ a b "Intégration des immigrants : la Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste s'inquiète des intentions du gouvernement Charest", press release, CNW Telbec, June 8, 2003, retrieved October 2, 2006
  4. ^ "Une descente lente, mais inexorable", La force des mots, n.13, March 2004, retrieved October 5, 2006

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