Lucien Lessard

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Lucien Lessard was a politician in Quebec, Canada.[1]

Background[edit]

He was born on February 22, 1938 in Grandes-Bergeronnes. He has a Master degree from Université Laval and was an educator and a union activist.

Member of the legislature[edit]

Lessard unsuccessfully ran as a Ralliement national candidate to the National Assembly of Quebec in the district of Saguenay in 1966, finishing third with 11% of the vote.

He ran as a Parti Québécois candidate and defeated Liberal incumbent Pierre-Willie Maltais in 1970. He was re-elected in 1973, 1976 and 1981.

Cabinet Member[edit]

In 1976, Lessard was appointed to Premier René Lévesque's Cabinet. He served as Minister of Public Works until 1977, Minister of Transportation until 1979 and Minister of Recreation, Hunting and Fishing from 1979 to 1982, during which he helped trigger a series of controversial police raids on the Mi'gmaq community of Restigouche, a role he discussed with Alanis Obomsawin in her 1984 film Incident at Restigouche.[2][3] Lessard resigned his seat and retired from politics in 1982.

Retirement[edit]

He was the general manager of the Forestville, Quebec CLSC (health unit) from 1983 to 2000.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  2. ^ Obomsawin, Alanis (1984). "Incident at Restigouche". NFB.ca. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  3. ^ Notzke, Claudia (1994). Aboriginal Peoples and Natural Resources in Canada. Toronto: Captus Press. p. 64. ISBN 1-895712-03-3.
National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Pierre-Willie Maltais (Liberal)
MNA for Saguenay
1970–1982
Succeeded by
Ghislain Maltais (Liberal)