Pierre Duchesne

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The Honourable
Pierre Duchesne
Pierre Duchesne 2009-11-11.JPG
28th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
In office
June 7, 2007 – 24 September 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Michaëlle Jean
David Johnston
Premier Jean Charest
Pauline Marois
Philippe Couillard
Preceded by Lise Thibault
Succeeded by J. Michel Doyon
Personal details
Born (1940-02-27) February 27, 1940 (age 75)
La Malbaie, Quebec
Spouse(s) Ginette Lamoureux
Parents Lorenzo Duchesne
Anne-Marie Bouchard
Alma mater Laval University
Profession Notary, civil servant

Pierre Duchesne (born 1940) was the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and former secretary general of the National Assembly of Quebec. As lieutenant governor he was the viceregal representative of Queen Elizabeth II of Canada in the Province of Quebec. His appointment was made by Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean, on the Constitutional advice of Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, and announced on May 18, 2007.


With a Bachelor of Arts degree from the seminary of Chicoutimi and a licentiate in law from Laval University, Duchesne became a notary in Sept-Îles in 1966.[1]

Duchesne on Remembrance Day, 2010, receiving the vice-regal salute.

He had worked in the National Assembly since 1974 and served as its secretary general from 1984 to 2001.

He is the author of two important publications on Quebec parliamentary procedure, Recueil des décisions concernant la procédure parlementaire and La Procédure parlementaire du Québec.

On May 18, 2007, he was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the next Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, replacing outgoing Lieutenant Governor Lise Thibault.[2] He was sworn in on June 7, 2007.[3]

Titles, styles, honours, and awards[edit]


Viceregal styles of
Pierre Duchesne
Reference style His Honour the Honourable
Son Honneur l'honorable
Spoken style Your Honour
Votre Honneur
Alternative style Sir
  • February 27, 1940 – June 7, 2007: Mister/Monsieur Pierre Duchesne
  • June 7, 2007 – September 24, 2015: His Honour the Honourable Pierre Duchesne, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
  • September 24, 2015 – : The Honourable Pierre Duchesne


Arms of Pierre Duchesne
PierreDuchesne Arms.svg
The arms of Pierre Duchesne consist of:
March 20, 2009
A crane Or beaked and membered Gules, its dexter foot holding a paint brush Azure bristled Or
Two bloodhounds proper standing on a rocky mount Or
CONFIDE TIBI ET PERSEVERA (Have confidence in yourself and persevere)
The shield shows an oak tree which refers to Duchesne's surname meaning "of the oak"; with the three roots symbolizing his children and the seven acorns symbolizing future descendants. The crane (grue) represents L'Isle-aux-Grues, Quebec, symbolizing Duchesne's attachment to that location and to Quebec as a whole, and holds a paint brush symbolizing Duchesne's support for the arts. The horizontal blue band represents the rule of law, alluding to Duchesne's previous roles as a notary and as Secretary General of the National Assembly, and the indented lines on the shield and rocky terrain of the supporters represent the Charlevoix region.[4]


  1. ^ Biography at official website
  2. ^ The Canadian Press (May 18, 2007). "Pierre Duchesne appointed Quebec's new lieutenant-governor". CBC. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Duchesne sworn in as Quebec's lieutenant-governor". CBC. June 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Pierre Duchesne". Public Register of Arms, Flags, and Badges. Canadian Heraldic Authority. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 

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