Raymond Bachand announcing his candidacy for Quebec Liberal Party leadership
|MNA for Outremont|
December 12, 2005 – August 26, 2013
|Preceded by||Yves Séguin|
|Succeeded by||Philippe Couillard|
October 22, 1947 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Québec|
|Cabinet||Minister of Finances and Revenue|
Raymond Bachand (born October 22, 1947 in Montreal, Quebec) is a former politician, a businessman and a lawyer in Quebec, Canada. He was the Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA) for the riding of Outremont, and a member of the Quebec Liberal Party caucus. He is the former Minister of Finance and Revenue in the majority government of Premier of Quebec Jean Charest, and was previously Minister for Tourism during the minority government mandate from April 2007 to October 2008, and Minister of economic development of innovation and export trade from his election until June 2009. Bachand is a former trade unionist. On August 26, 2013 Bachand resigned his seat.
Early life and education
Bachand was educated at the Collège Stanislas, a prestigious private school. He obtained a law degree from the Université de Montréal in 1969 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1970. Bachand also completed a master's degree and a doctorate at Harvard Business School.
Before entering politics, he worked in several key positions including in the Quebec's public sector where he worked in the Ministry of Labour as well as in the premier's office. Bachand was a Quebec sovereignist during the 1980 referendum, and an organizer for the 'Yes' campaign. He changed his mind, and is now a Canadian federalist.
He also taught at the École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal in the early 1970s.
He was once the vice-president of Culinar and Métro-Richelieu and was also president of Groupe Secor during the 1980s and 1990s. He was president-director general of the Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (FTQ), a major union fund, between 1997 and 2001. He was also part of the administration of Montreal newspaper Le Devoir and member of Montreal's Chamber of Commerce.
Bachand was elected on December 12, 2005, in Outremont in a by-election after the retirement of former Finance Minister Yves Séguin. There was speculation that Bachand would also occupy that post, but he was awarded the portfolio of Economic Development.
Bachand was easily re-elected in the 2007 elections defeating Parti Québécois's Salim Laaroussi by nearly 6,000 votes. He was re-appointed as the minister of economic development, innovation and international trade and was also given the portfolios of tourism and the region of Montreal. Following the 2008 election, Bachand gave up the tourism portfolio to Laporte MNA Nicole Ménard. On April 8, 2009, following the retirement of Monique Jérôme-Forget, Bachand was named the new Finance Minister.
With the defeat of the Liberal government of Jean Charest, Bachand was replaced by Nicolas Marceau of the Parti Québécois as Minister of Finance. He was a candidate to succeed Jean Charest as Liberal Party leader but lost to Philippe Couillard on March 17, 2013.
On August 26, 2013 Bachand resigned his seat as MNA for Outremont.
|Quebec general election, 2012|
|Parti Québécois||Roxanne Gendron||6,119||23.20||-2.03|
|Québec solidaire||Édith Laperle||4,751||18.02||+6.59|
|Coalition Avenir Québec||Claude Michaud||3,691||14.00||+11.04|
|Option nationale||Luc Séguin||451||1.71|
|Parti Nul||Mathieu Marcil||243||0.92|
|Quebec Citizens' Union||Jonathan Moffatt||120||0.46|
|Coalition pour la Constituante||Olga Sharonova||47||0.18|
|Total valid votes||26,371||99.08|
|Total rejected ballots||245||0.92|
|Electors on the lists||39,022|
|Quebec general election, 2008|
|Parti Québécois||Sophie Fréchette||6,119||25.23||+1.73|
|Québec solidaire||May Chiu||4,751||11.43||+2.30|
|Action démocratique||Christian Collard||451||2.96||-5.91|
|Total valid votes||19,498||98.96|
|Total rejected ballots||204||1.04|
|Electors on the lists||40,627|
|Quebec general election, 2007: Outremont|
|Parti Québécois||Salim Laaroussi||5,928||23.50|
|Québec solidaire||Sujata Dey||2,303||9.13|
|Action démocratique||Pierre Harvey||2,236||8.87|
|Total valid votes||25,222||99.35|
|Total rejected ballots||166||0.65|
|Electors on the lists||40,498|
|Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.|
|OutremontQuebec provincial by-election, December 12, 2005:|
|Parti Québécois||Farouk Karim||6,242||37.27|
|Action démocratique||Raya Mileva||338||2.02|
|Total valid votes||16,749||100.00|
|Rejected and declined votes||89|
|Electors on the lists||41,799|
- "Quebec's former finance minister Raymond Bachand leaves politics". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- "Quebec remembers 1st referendum - Montreal - CBC News".[dead link]
- Bachand succède à Jérôme-Forget | Politique | Radio-Canada.ca
- "Philippe Couillard wins Quebec Liberal leadership". The Canadian Press. March 17, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
|Minister of Finances
|Minister of Revenue
|Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Exports
|Minister of Tourism