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.
|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Montmorency|
|Assumed office |
October 1, 2018
|Preceded by||Raymond Bernier|
November 30, 1998 – April 14, 2003
|Preceded by||Jean Filion|
|Succeeded by||Raymond Bernier|
|Born||December 10, 1966|
|Political party||Coalition Avenir Québec|
|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.
|Quebec general election, 1998: Montmorency|
|Parti Québécois||Jean-François Simard||19,946||45.16|
|Action démocratique||Yves Leclerc||7,154||16.20|
|Socialist Democracy||Linda Fick||267||0.60|
|Total valid votes||44,163||100.00|
|Rejected and declined votes||481|
|Electors on the lists||55,300|
|Source: Official Results, Government of Quebec|