Line Beauchamp

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Line Beauchamp
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MNA for Bourassa-Sauvé
In office
November 30, 1998 – May 14, 2012
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Rita de Santis
Minister of Culture and Communications
In office
April 29, 2003 – April 18, 2007
Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks
In office
April 18, 2007 – August 10, 2012
Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports
In office
August 11,2010 – May 14, 2012
Preceded by Michelle Courchesne
Succeeded by Michelle Courchesne
Deputy Premier of Quebec
In office
September 7, 2011 – May 14, 2012
Preceded by Nathalie Normandeau
Succeeded by Michelle Courchesne
Personal details
Born (1963-02-24) February 24, 1963 (age 52)
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec
Political party Quebec Liberal Party
Residence Montreal, Quebec

Line Beauchamp (born February 24, 1963) is a female Quebec politician. She served as the Liberal Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for the Sauvé riding, and for Bourassa-Sauvé at the Quebec National Assembly from November 30, 1988 to May 14, 2012. She also served as Minister of Culture and Communications from April 29, 2003 to April 18, 2007, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks from April 18, 2007 to August 12, 2012, and served as Minister of Education, Recreation, and Sports from August 11, 2010, and as Deputy Premier of Quebec from September 7, 2011, until she resigned on May 14, 2012 as a result of the 2012 Quebec student strike.

In January 2013, she founded her strategic consulting company and took on a variety of contracts with clients from an array of sectors including, but not limited to, culture, education, real estate, and professional services. She is also a guest columnist for le Journal de Montréal.

Born in Valleyfield, Line Beauchamp earned a BAC in psychology from Université de Montréal in 1985. From 1984 to 1985, she worked as a teaching assistant in that same institution and in 1987 became the Director of Info-croissance, a consumer protection association dealing with psychotherapy, self-help, and cults. From 1991-1993 Line Beauchamp worked as Executive Director for the 101,5 CIBL-FM radio station. In 1993, she became the Executive Director for Pro-Est, the society for the promotion and socio-economic partnerships of Montreal East, until 1998. Between 1989 and 1998, Line Beauchamp was a member of several executive committees, including the l'Association coopérative d'économie familiale du Centre de Montréal (ACEF) from 1989-1993, the Corporation de développement de l'Est (CDEST) from 1993-1997, Collège de Maisonneuve from 1995-1998, and the Régie des installations olympiques (RIO) from 1996-1998, in addition to being a member of the Réseau des gens d'affaires de l'Est from 1993-1998.

In 2013 ans 2014 she was a member of the Executive Committee for Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Rivière-des-Prairies Hospital's Fondation les Petits Trésors, Fondation Père-Ménard, Zoofest and Mondial des jeux.

Political Career[edit]

During the 1998 Quebec general election, Line Beauchamp won the Sauvé riding. Elected under the banner of the Quebec Liberal Party, she thus became a member of the official opposition, with the Parti Québécois in power (the Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry government). She was the Official Opposition Critic in matters of culture and communications. She was also one of the ministers tasked with leading diplomatic missions in Belgium, Catalonia and Europe.

Re-elected during the 2003 elections, Line Beauchamp became the Minister of Culture and Communications on April 29, 2003, following the election of the Quebec Liberal Party. As of February 18, 2005, she also became the minister responsible for the Montreal region.

In the weeks before the 2007 election, Line Beauchamp was named Director of the Quebec Liberal Party electoral campaign. The day of the election, she took home a third victory in her riding. A little over three weeks later, she was named Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, and Parks.

During the August 2010 cabinet shuffle, she became the Minister of Education, Recreation, and Sports, replacing Michelle Courchesne, who joined Treasury Board. On September 7, 2011, following the resignation of Nathalie Normandeau, Line Beauchamp became the 15th Deputy Premier of Quebec.

During the spring of 2012, while serving as the Minister of Education, Recreation, and Sports, she was at the heart of the student strike against raising tuition fees. This strike was the longest student strike in the history of Quebec. The student crisis caused her to resign from her position as MNA for Bourassa-Sauvé, as Minister of Education, Recreation, and Sports, and as Deputy Premier of Quebec on May 14, 2012, after 13 weeks of protests. During a press conference she stated that she was “no longer part of the solution”, and that the gesture was her “ultimate compromise” to resolve the crisis.

Electoral record (incomplete)[edit]

Quebec general election, 2003: Bourassa-Sauvé
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Line Beauchamp (incumbent) 20,175 61.07
Parti Québécois Kettly Beauregard 8,243 24.95
Action démocratique Michelle Allaire 3,771 11.42
Green Francis Mallette 327 0.99
     Ind. (Communist) (UFP ally) Sylvain Archambault 261 0.79
Christian Democracy Denis Gagné 119 0.36
Marxist–Leninist Claude Brunelle 94 0.28
Equality Boris Mospan 44 0.13
Total valid votes 33,034 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 573
Turnout 33,607 64.22
Electors on the lists 52,332
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 1998: Sauvé
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Line Beauchamp 14,125 58.45
Parti Québécois Umberto di Genova 7,413 30.68
Action démocratique Eric Sigouin 2,084 8.62
Communist Sylvain Archambault 192 0.79
Socialist Democracy Eric Fontaine 172 0.71
Innovator Nicole Corbeil 123 0.51
Natural Law Franklin Valois 57 0.24
Total valid votes 24,166 100.00
Total rejected ballots 332
Turnout 24,498 76.27
Electors 32,122
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nathalie Normandeau
Deputy Premier of Quebec
Succeeded by
Michelle Courchesne
Preceded by
Michelle Courchesne
Minister of Education, Sports and Leisure
Succeeded by
Michelle Courchesne
Preceded by
Claude Bechard
Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks
Succeeded by
Pierre Arcand
Preceded by
Diane Lemieux
Minister of Culture and Communications
Succeeded by
Christine St-Pierre