Lucienne Robillard

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The Honourable
Lucienne Robillard
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Westmount—Ville-Marie
Saint-Henri—Westmount (1995-1997)
In office
February 13, 1995 January 25, 2008
Preceded by David Berger
Succeeded by Marc Garneau
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Chambly
In office
September 25, 1989 September 12, 1994
Preceded by Gérard Latulippe
Succeeded by Louise Beaudoin
Personal details
Born (1945-06-16) June 16, 1945 (age 73)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) divorced
Residence Montreal, Quebec
Profession Social worker

Lucienne Robillard PC CM (born June 16, 1945) is a Canadian politician and a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. She sat in the House of Commons of Canada as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Westmount—Ville-Marie in Montreal, Quebec.

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Robillard had a career as a social worker before entering politics. In the Quebec election of 1989, she was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the riding of Chambly as a member of the Quebec Liberal Party. She was appointed to the provincial cabinet of Premier Robert Bourassa as Minister of Cultural Affairs. In 1992, she became Minister of Education, and then served as Minister of Health and Social Services from 1994 until the defeat of the Liberal government.

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Chambly is a provincial electoral district in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada. It includes the cities of Chambly and Saint-Basile-le-Grand.

She then moved to federal politics as a star candidate when she was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election in the safe Liberal riding of Westmount—Ville-Marie. Jean Chrétien appointed her to the federal cabinet as Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the federal campaign in the 1995 Quebec referendum.

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By-elections, also spelled bye-elections, are used to fill elected offices that have become vacant between general elections.

In 1996, she became Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. On August 3, 1999, she assumed the responsibilities of President of the Treasury Board.

When Paul Martin became Prime Minister of Canada in 2003, he moved Robillard to the position of Minister of Industry and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. With the cabinet shuffle that followed the 2004 election, she became Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.

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The Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec is the member of the Cabinet of Canada who also serves as the chief executive of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.

Upon Judy Sgro's resignation from Cabinet on January 14, 2005, Joe Volpe moved to fill the vacant position of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Robillard assumed his prior responsibilities as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. When Belinda Stronach crossed the floor and joined the Liberals in the House of Commons on May 17, 2005, she replaced Robillard as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

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Joe Volpe Canadian politician

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Belinda Stronach Canadian politician

Belinda Caroline Stronach, is a Canadian businesswoman, philanthropist and former Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of Canada from 2004 to 2008. Originally elected as a Conservative, she later crossed the floor to join the Liberals. From May 17, 2005 to February 6, 2006, she was the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal in the government of Paul Martin. After leaving politics, she served as the executive vice-chairman of Magna International, Canada's largest automotive parts manufacturer until December 31, 2010.

On February 1, 2006, she was named deputy leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Commons by Interim Leader Bill Graham. She held this post until the newly elected leader, Stéphane Dion (who represents the nearby riding of Saint-Laurent—Cartierville), in accordance with the customary Anglophone/Francophone division of duties, appointed the Anglophone Michael Ignatieff as his deputy.

On April 4, 2007, she announced she would not run in the next election. She resigned her seat on January 25, 2008.

In 2010 she became co-chair of the election campaign for the Liberal Party of Canada in Quebec. In May 2010 she was elected President of the Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec) (LPCQ) by the Board of directors to replace Marc Lavigne who had resigned for personal reasons a few months after having been elected by the delegates at the October 2009 convention. Lucienne Robillard was also co-chair of the Electoral Commission of the LPCQ in 2010 and 2011 until the commission was dissolved at the start of the 2011 electoral campaign.

As president of the LPCQ she also sits on the National Board of Directors of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2000 : Westmount—Ville-Marie
Liberal Lucienne Robillard (incumbent)23,09360.19+0.09
     Progressive Conservative Bryan Price4,59711.98-5.41
Bloc Québécois Marcela Valdivia4,11010.71-0.61
New Democratic Willy Blomme1,9905.19-0.53
Alliance Felix Cotte1,6974.42
Green Brian Sarwer-Foner1,2453.25+1.58
    No AffiliationMichel Laporte6941.81
Marijuana Patrice Caron6921.80
Marxist–Leninist Saroj Bains1500.39+0.02
Natural Law Allen Faguy960.25-0.22
Total valid votes38,364100.00
Total rejected ballots331
Electors on the lists70,801
Source: Official Results, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 1997 : Westmount—Ville-Marie
Liberal Lucienne Robillard 26,97260.10$50,294
     Progressive Conservative Tom Davis7,80217.39$33,542
Bloc Québécois Bernard Guité5,07811.32$18,518
New Democratic Chris Carter2,5665.72$4,050
    IndependentRoopnarine Singh1,3282.96$13,246
Green Brian Sarwer-Foner7511.67$967
Natural Law Allen Faguy2120.47$0
Marxist–Leninist Normand Chouinard1660.37$0
Total valid votes44,875 100.00
Total rejected ballots569
Turnout45,444 70.69
Electors on the lists64,289
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and official contributions and expenses submitted by the candidates, provided by Elections Canada.
Canadian federal by-election, February 13, 1995: Saint-Henri—Westmount
Liberal Lucienne Robillard 12,67575.91$50,775
Bloc Québécois Anne Michèle Meggs2,35714.12$8,819
     Progressive Conservative Jay Gould5453.26$19,236
Reform Gaetan Morency4682.80$27,429
New Democratic Ann Elbourne2961.77$1,259
Green Gerald Glass2131.28$2,080
Libertarian Rick Blatter640.38$2,178
Marxist–Leninist Arnold August470.28$0
Natural Law Allen Faguy320.19$0
Total valid votes16,697100.00
Total rejected ballots100
Electors on the lists53,121
Party political offices
Preceded by
Anne McLellan
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Succeeded by
Michael Ignatieff
Political offices
Preceded by
Michel Pagé
Quebec Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Jacques Chagnon
27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet posts (4)
Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Michael Chong
Denis Coderre President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
Michael Chong
Joe Volpe Minister of State
styled as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Belinda Stronach
Allan Rock Minister of Industry
David Emerson
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
vacant, previously
Brian Tobin
Minister responsible for the Economic Development
Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

position abolished
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet posts (4)
Marcel Massé President of the Treasury Board
Reg Alcock
Sergio Marchi Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Elinor Caplan
Sergio Marchi Secretary of State for Canada
styled as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
position abolished
Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Labour
Alfonso Gagliano

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