|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Labelle|
|Preceded by||Pierre Lortie|
|Succeeded by||Pierre Bohémier|
|Member of the Legislative Council of Quebec for Rougemont|
|Preceded by||Wilfrid Bovey|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Guy Cardinal|
|Born||October 7, 1888|
|Died||September 25, 1978 (aged 89)|
|Political party||Union Nationale|
|Spouse(s)||Marcelle Lévy-Génard |
|Alma mater||Collège Mont-Saint-Louis, Universite Laval|
Born in Marieville, Quebec, Paquette studied in medical sciences at the Montreal campus of Université Laval. After additional studies and training at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, Paquette worked first for the Canadian Red Cross in the Balkans, then in the Canadian Forces as a Medical Officer. He also served at several hospitals in Europe including in Paris and in England.
Paquette returned to Quebec in 1919 and practiced medicine in Mont-Laurier until his entry into municipal politics and his nine-year stint as mayor of that city.
Paquette was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for the district of Labelle in the 1935 general election as a member of the Conservative Party. He was reelected, as a member of the Union Nationale, in all six subsequent elections from 1936 to 1956. Paquette remained as the Legislative Assembly Member for Labelle until he resigned in 1958.
In 1936, he was appointed as the first Minister of Health in the Duplessis Cabinet for the newly created provincial department of health. He served in the position from 1936 to 1939 and again from 1944 to 1958 when the Union Nationale regained power. Establishments made during his tenure as health minister included:
- parish clinics for maternal and infant health
- mobile tuberculosis screening units
- Dr. Armand Frappier's Institut de microbiologie et d'hygiène (today known as the Institut Armand-Frappier) at the Université de Montréal.
In 1958, he was appointed to the Legislative Council of Quebec for the division of Rougemont and resigned in 1967.
In support of Catholicism, he placed crucifixes above the chairs of the speakers in the National Assembly and the Legislative Council of Quebec.
Other rewards include:
- 1919 - decorated by the Prince of Wales
- 1920 - the Military Medal of the British Government
- the honour cross of the French government
- 1937 - a perpetual member of the Holy Land by the Catholic Church
- 1938 a member of the Latin Order (1938)
- 1946 - Jerusalem Cross
- 1953 - Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
- 1967 - the Medal of the Canadian Centennial