Monique Gagnon-Tremblay

Monique Gagnon-Tremblay (born May 26, 1940 in Plessisville, Quebec) is a politician in Quebec, Canada. She was the MNA for the riding of Saint-François in the Estrie region from 1985 to 2012. She served as Liberal leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Quebec from May 1998 to December 1998 and Deputy Premier in 1994 and from 2003 to 2005. Gagnon-Tremblay has been the member of the National Assembly for Saint-François since December 1985.[citation needed]

Monique Gagnon-Tremblay
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Monique Gagnon-Tremblay in 2011
Leader of the Opposition of Quebec
In office
March 2, 1998 – April 30, 1998
Preceded byDaniel Johnson Jr
Succeeded byJean Charest
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Saint-François
In office
December 12, 1985 – September 17, 2012
Preceded byRéal Rancourt
Succeeded byRéjean Hébert
Personal details
Born (1940-05-26) May 26, 1940 (age 79)
Plessisville, Quebec
Political partyQuebec Liberal Party
CabinetMinister of International Relations

Education and early careerEdit

Gagnon-Tremblay attended the Quirion Business School where she obtained a degree and added a bachelor's degree in arts at the Université Laval and a degree in law and notarial law at the Université de Sherbrooke. She became a notary in Ascot Corner and a lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke in law. She was also a municipal councilor in Ascot Corner.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Bourassa governmentEdit

She was a Liberal candidate in Saint-François in 1981 but lost. She ran again in 1985 and won. She was named the Delegate Minister for the Status of Women and later the Minister of Cultural Communities and Immigration. After being re-elected in 1989, she was renamed the Minister of Cultural Communities. At the end of the mandate, when Daniel Johnson, Jr. replaced Robert Bourassa as Quebec Premier in 1993, she was named the Minister of Finances, the Deputy Premier and the President of the Treasury Board until the Liberals lost to the Parti Québécois in the 1994 elections. She was then the Caucus chair for the PLQ from 1994 to 1996[citation needed]

Interim leader and opposition partyEdit

When former Liberal Premier and then leader of the Opposition Daniel Johnson, Jr. decided to quit politics in March 1998, Jean Charest resigned as leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party to replace Johnson as leader of the Quebec Liberal Party. (The Quebec Liberal Party is not affiliated with the federal Liberal Party of Canada). Gagnon-Tremblay became leader of the Opposition, since Charest did not yet have a seat in the National Assembly.[citation needed]

In the 1998 election, Charest won a seat and replaced Gagnon-Tremblay as leader of the Opposition. She was re-elected for fourth term and named the assistant to Charest.[citation needed]

Charest governmentEdit

After the Liberals won the 2003 election, Gagnon-Tremblay became deputy premier from May 2003 to February 2005 in the Charest government, and has held various cabinet posts including minister of international relations as well as minister responsible for la francophonie. Re-elected in the 2007 election, she was renamed the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and for the Estrie Region as well as the Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board.[citation needed]

Following her 2008 re-election, Gagnon-Tremblay gave up for portfolio of International Relations to Pierre Arcand but was given the position of President of the Treasury Board previously occupied by Monique Jerome-Forget who was also responsible for the portfolio of finances. She was given Jerome-Forget's government administration portfolio duties until 2010. Following Jerome-Forget's retirement, Gagnon-Tremblay was given the portfolio of Infrastructures. [1] After a 2010 Cabinet shuffle, she returned as Minister of International Relations giving the Treasury Board position to former education Minister Michelle Courchesne.[citation needed]

Electoral DistrictEdit

2008 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Monique Gagnon-Tremblay 13,327 46.96 +9.10
Parti Québécois Réjean Hébert 11,845 41.74 +12.16
Action démocratique Vincent Marmion 2,230 7.86 -15.99
Québec solidaire Sandy Tremblay 769 2.71 -0.65
  Independent François Mailly 210 0.74
2007 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Monique Gagnon-Tremblay 12,528 37.86
Parti Québécois Mariette Fugère 9,788 29.58
Action démocratique François Rioux 7,892 23.85
Green Anick Proulx 1,772 5.35
Québec solidaire Suzanne Thériault 1,111 3.36
2003 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Monique Gagnon-Tremblay 16,562 52.32
Parti Québécois Guillaume Breault-Duncan 9,926 31.36
Action démocratique Michel-André Samson 4,541 14.35
UFP Suzanne Thériault 314 0.99
Bloc Pot François Boudreau 310 0.98
Total valid votes 31,653 98.93
Total rejected ballots 342 1.07
Turnout 31,995 71.67
Electors on the lists 44,641
1998 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Monique Gagnon-Tremblay 16,908 51.00
Parti Québécois Frédéric Dubé 13,229 39.90
Action démocratique Suzie Larouche 2,575 7.77
Socialist Democracy Patrick Jasmin 296 0.89
Natural Law Daniel Jolicoeur 106 0.32
Marxist–Leninist Serge Lachapelle 42 0.13
Total valid votes 33,156 99.10
Total rejected ballots 301 0.90
Turnout 33,457 79.60
Electors on the lists 342,031
1994 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Monique Gagnon-Tremblay 15,861 49.48
Parti Québécois René Turcotte 13,245 41.32
Action démocratique Alain Boulanger 2,422 7.56
Natural Law Eric E. Simon 294 0.76
Equality Murray D. Powell 236 0.59
Total valid votes 32,058 97.89
Total rejected ballots 692 2.11
Turnout 32,750 82.20
Electors on the lists 39,844
1989 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Monique Gagnon-Tremblay 14,961 51.97
Parti Québécois Réal Rancourt 10,492 36.45
Unity Richard Evans 1,881 6.53
New Democratic Peter Julian 884 3.07
Parti 51 France Bougie 568 1.97
Total valid votes 28,786 96.32
Total rejected ballots 1,099 3.68
Turnout 29,885 74.98
Electors on the lists 39,856
1985 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Monique Gagnon-Tremblay 15,571 53.85
Parti Québécois Réal Rancourt 11,960 41.37
New Democratic Sarah Johnson 1,220 4.22
Christian Socialism Élise Bérubé 162 0.56
Total valid votes 28,913 98.09
Total rejected ballots 563 1.91
Turnout 29,476 74.25
Electors on the lists 39,700

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
Political offices
Preceded by
Monique Jerome-Forget
President of the Treasury Board
Succeeded by
Michelle Courchesne
Preceded by
Lise Bacon
Deputy Premier of Quebec
Succeeded by
Bernard Landry
Preceded by
Daniel Johnson, Jr.
Leader of the Opposition in Quebec
Succeeded by
Jean Charest
Preceded by
Bernard Landry
Deputy Premier of Quebec
May 2003 – Feb 2005
Succeeded by
Jacques P. Dupuis
Preceded by
Gérard D. Levesque
Minister of Finance (Quebec)
Succeeded by
André Bourbeau
Preceded by
Louise Beaudoin
Minister of International Relations
Succeeded by
Pierre Arcand
Preceded by
Pierre Arcand
Minister of International Relations (2nd time)
Succeeded by
Jean-François Lisée