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Simon Jolin-Barrette is a Québécois lawyer and politician in Quebec, who was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2014 Quebec election. He represents the riding of Borduas as a member of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ).[1]

Simon Jolin-Barrette

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Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Borduas
Assumed office
April 7, 2014
Preceded byPierre Duchesne
Personal details
Political partyCoalition Avenir Québec

Political careerEdit

Jolin-Barrette was part of a group of 40 young entrepreneurs who joined the CAQ at the time of the party's founding in 2011. He ran as the CAQ candidate in Marie-Victorin in the 2012 Quebec election, coming in second to Bernard Drainville of the Parti Québécois (PQ).[2][3]

In the 2014 election, Jolin-Barrette defeated the PQ candidate in Borduas, Pierre Duchesne (the then Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology), by 99 votes.[4] Notwithstanding the small margin of defeat, Duchesne and the PQ chose not to seek a judicial recount of the ballots.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Jolin-Barrette grew up in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, a south-shore suburb of Montreal.[2] He is a practicing lawyer, with a BCL (civil law), Juris Doctor (common law) and Master of Laws from the Université de Sherbrooke, where he wrote his Masters Thesis on the subject of Senate reform (comparing the Senate of Canada to the Australian Senate).[6]

At the time of his election in 2014, Jolin-Barrette was employed as a lawyer by the City of Montreal. He was also pursuing a LL.D in constitutional law at the Université de Montréal as well as a diploma in public administration at the École nationale d'administration publique.[2]

Minister of Immigration (2018–present)Edit

On October 18, 2018, Jolin-Berrette was sworn in as Minister of Immigration of Quebec, Under François Legault.

Jolin-Barrette has been criticized by some for his introduction of Bill 9,[7] on February 7, 2019, cancelling out 18,000 immigration applications (Quebec Selection Certificates). The 18,000 applications from various parts of the world were accepted by the immigration department of Quebec according to the existing immigration intake rules at the time. After the CAQ government took charge, those applications were cancelled for which the immigration lawyer's association of Quebec has filed [8] and won a temporary injunction from the Supreme court of Quebec.[9]

Cabinet postsEdit

Quebec Provincial Government of François Legault
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
David Heurtel Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration
October 18, 2018–present


  1. ^ "François Legault indique qu'il restera à l'Assemblée nationale pour quatre ans". La Presse, April 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Simon Jolin-Barrette". Coalition Avenir Québec. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Marie-Victorin". Les résultats électoraux depuis 1867, Maisonneuve à Matane–Matapédia. National Assembly of Quebec. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014..
  4. ^ "Borduas - Preliminary results". Directeur général des élections du Québec. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Pas de dépouillement judiciaire dans Ste-Marie-St-Jacques". La Presse. 11 April 2014. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. Dans la circonscription de Borduas, l'ex-ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur et ténor péquiste Pierre Duchesne a décidé de ne pas contester le résultat du scrutin.
  6. ^ "Entrevue avec M. Simon Jolin-Barrette, avocat et candidat aux élections provinciales". Jurizone. 27 August 2012. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Bill n°9 : An Act to increase Québec's socio-economic prosperity and adequately meet labour market needs through successful immigrant integration - National Assembly of Québec". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  8. ^ Feb 22, Benjamin Shingler · CBC News · Posted:; February 22, 2019 6:43 AM ET | Last Updated:. "Lawyers fight Quebec in court over plan to scrap 18,000 immigration applications | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-02-26.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  9. ^ "Quebec judge orders province to continue processing Skilled Worker Program applications". CIC News. 2019-02-25. Retrieved 2019-02-26.

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