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Jean-François Simard (born December 10, 1966) is a teacher and Quebec provincial politician and Cabinet Minister. He was the a member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA) for the riding of Montmorency from 1998 to 2003. Representing the Parti Québécois, he was a delegate minister for over a year in the Cabinet of Ministers of former Quebec Premier Bernard Landry.

Jean-François Simard

Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Montmorency
Assumed office
October 1, 2018
Preceded byRaymond Bernier
In office
November 30, 1998 – April 14, 2003
Preceded byJean Filion
Succeeded byRaymond Bernier
Personal details
Born (1966-12-10) December 10, 1966 (age 52)
Political partyCoalition Avenir Québec
Other political
Parti Québécois (former)

Liberal Party of Canada (former)

Bloc Québécois

Simard obtained several degrees including a doctorate in sociology from the Université Laval, a master's degree in regional development from the Université du Québec à Rimouski, a bachelor's degree in communications and sociophysiology from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a diploma in European federalism in Italy.

During the late 1980s, he was the vice-president of the Canadian liberal youth-wing but resign following the failure of the Meech Lake Accord in 1990. He then joined the Bloc Québécois and later the Parti Québécois where he was a political adviser for former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau during the 1995 Quebec referendum campaign. In 1998, he was elected as MNA for Montmorency where he was named until 2001 the Parliamentary Assistant to the State Minister of Education and Youth, François Legault. In 2002 to until the end of the PQ mandate, he was named the Delegate Minister for Environment and Water. At the same time, the PQ lost the 2003 elections to the Quebec Liberal Party and Jean Charest, Simard was defeated by Liberal Candidate Raymond Bernier.

After the 2003 elections, Simard was a lecturer at Université Laval at the faculty of industrial relations. Since 2004, he is a teacher at the faculty of social sciences and social work of the Université du Québec en Outaouais where he is also an administration staff member since 2006.

Electoral recordEdit

1998 Quebec general election: Montmorency
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parti Québécois Jean-François Simard 19,946 45.16
Liberal Jacques Langlois 14,818 33.55
Action démocratique Yves Leclerc 7,154 16.20
     Independent Jean Filion 1,774 4.02
  Socialist Democracy Linda Fick 267 0.60
Marxist–Leninist Jean Bédard 204 0.46
Total valid votes 44,163 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 481
Turnout 44,644 80.73
Electors on the lists 55,300
Source: Official Results, Government of Quebec

External linksEdit

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.