|MNA for Jeanne-Mance|
|Preceded by||Henri Laberge|
|Succeeded by||riding dissolved|
|MNA for Jeanne-Mance–Viger|
|Preceded by||first member|
|Succeeded by||Filomena Rotiroti|
|Borough mayor for St. Leonard and Montreal City Councillor|
|Preceded by||Frank Zampino|
March 28, 1942 |
|Political party||Quebec Liberal Party (provincial)
Union Montreal (2008-2013)
Équipe Denis Coderre (2013-)
|Cabinet||President of the National Assembly of Québec|
Bissonnet obtained a license in law at Université de Montréal in 1976 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec the following year. Prior to his years as a lawyer, he worked for the City of Montreal for 17 years in various positions including archivist and assistant office manager.
Bissonnet was formerly involved in the federal New Democratic Party and its Quebec wing, the defunct Nouveau Parti démocratique du Québec. He was a candidate in the 1967 federal by-election for that party in the district of Papineau. He finished third with 15% of the vote. Liberal candidate André Ouellet was elected.
He ran as an Action Laval candidate for the city council of Laval in 1969 and served as mayor of Saint-Léonard from 1978 to 1981.
Member of the Provincial Legislature
Bissonnet successfully ran as the Liberal candidate in the district of Jeanne-Mance in the 1981 election. He was re-elected in the 1985, 1989, 1994 and 1998 elections. He also won re-election in the merged district of Jeanne-Mance–Viger in 2003 and 2007.
He served as Vice-President of the National Assembly during his third term of office from 1989 to 1994, Assistant Whip of the Opposition from 1994 to 1997 and Third Vice-President of the National Assembly during his fifth term from 1999 to 2003. He became the President of the National Assembly (Speaker of the House) after the Liberal victory in 2003. In 2007, Bissonnet was reconfirmed as President of the National Assembly.
In July 2008, Bissonnet announced that he would leave provincial politics and run again for the mayoral position of Saint-Léonard, now a borough of Montreal following the 2002 amalgamation. He had become of the longest serving MNA of the 38th National Assembly, even though he had never been appointed to the Cabinet.
Bissonnet ran under Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay's Union Montreal label. An election had been called to fill the position in the aftermath of the resignation of Frank Zampino. Bissonnet was elected with 94.3% of the vote in September 2008, against Livio DiCelmo of Projet Montréal.
Electoral record (incomplete)
|Quebec general election, 2007: Jeanne-Mance–Viger|
|Action démocratique||Carole Giroux||4,565||14.98|
|Parti Québécois||Kamal El Batal||3,659||12.01|
|Green||Hamadou Abdel Kader Nikiema||790||2.59|
|Québec solidaire||Ramon Villaruel||635||2.08|
|Total valid votes||30,466||100.00|
|Rejected and declined votes||349|
|Electors on the lists||48,710|
|Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.|
- Michel Bissonnet doit confirmer sa démission lundi - LCN - National
- Victoire écrasante de Michel Bissonnet, La Presse, Montreal, September 22, 2008
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.