Laurent Lessard

Laurent Lessard (born October 28, 1962 in Thetford Mines, Quebec) is a politician and notary in Quebec, Canada. He is the current Member of the National Assembly for the provincial riding of Lotbinière-Frontenac in Central Quebec south of Quebec City. Member of the Quebec Liberal Party, he is the current Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He is also the Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region which includes Victoriaville and Drummondville.

Laurent Lessard
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Frontenac
In office
April 14, 2003 – September 4, 2012
Preceded byMarc Boulianne
Succeeded byriding redistributed
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Lotbinière-Frontenac
In office
September 4, 2012 – August 29, 2018
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byIsabelle Lecours
Personal details
Born (1962-10-28) October 28, 1962 (age 58)
Thetford Mines, Quebec
Political partyQuebec Liberal Party
CabinetMunicipal Affairs and Regions and Land Occupancy


Lessard obtained a licence in law at the Université de Sherbrooke. He was a notary from 1989 to 1998 before being elected as mayor of Thetford Mines in 1999. He would also be a member of the executive committee of the L'Amiante Regional County Municipality, Quebec.

He jumped to provincial politics in the 2003 provincial election and was elected in Frontenac. After being for nearly two years the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Sport and Leisure he would become after a Cabinet shuffle the Minister of Labour in 2005. When Yvon Vallières took time off due to health reasons in 2006, he would temporarily had the portfolios of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for a few weeks before obtaining them after the 2007 elections when Vaillières was no longer part of the cabinet. He was also temporarily the Minister responsible for Chaudière-Appalaches prior to the 2007 elections.

Lessard kept the same Cabinet positions following the Liberal majority gained in the 2008 elections. On June 23, 2009, following a Cabinet shuffle, Lessard replaced Nathalie Normandeau as the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions and Land Occupancy while Claude Béchard became the new Minister of Agriculture. [1]

External linksEdit

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
Political offices
Preceded by
Michel Després
Minister of Labour
Succeeded by
David Whissell
Preceded by
Yvon Vallières
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Succeeded by
Claude Bechard
Preceded by
Nathalie Normandeau
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions and Land Occupancy
Succeeded by
Sylvain Gaudreault