Suzanne Duplessis

Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis (born 30 June 1940) is a Canadian retired Senator and former Progressive Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada. She was a teacher by profession.

Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis
Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert
In office
Preceded byDennis Dawson
Succeeded byPhilippe Paré
Senator from Quebec (Rougemont)
In office
14 January 2009 – 30 June 2015
Preceded byMichael Fortier
Succeeded byMarie-Françoise Mégie
Personal details
Born (1940-06-30) 30 June 1940 (age 79)
Chicoutimi, Quebec
Political partyProgressive ConservativeConservative
Spouse(s)Maurice Duplessis[1]

Early lifeEdit

She studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Quebec City followed by studies at Université Laval where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree for visual arts with an educational psychology certificate. Fortin-Duplessis became a teacher after this.[1]

Member of ParliamentEdit

She was the first female elected municipal councillor in Sainte-Foy, Quebec in 1981.[2]

Fortin-Duplessis represented the Quebec riding of Louis-Hébert where she was first elected in the 1984 federal election and re-elected in 1988, becoming part of Brian Mulroney's governing party during the 33rd and 34th Canadian Parliaments.

Fortin-Duplessis left federal politics after her defeat in the 1993 federal election by Philippe Paré of the Bloc Québécois.

Return to politicsEdit

Both Fortin-Duplessis and former colleague Pierre H. Vincent managed the Conservative campaign in Quebec in the federal election of 2008.[3]

Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Fortin-Duplessis to the Senate on 22 December 2008.[4] She retired on June 30, 2015 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.


  1. ^ a b "Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis (detailed information)". Senate of Canada. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Fortin-Duplessis, Suzanne". Conservative Party of Canada. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ Bellavance, Joël-Denis (4 September 2008). "Harper recrute des nationalistes" (in French). La Presse. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  4. ^ Panetta, Alexander (22 December 2008). "Harper makes history by naming 18 senators in one day" (in French). The Canadian Press (via Canada East). Retrieved 22 December 2009.

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