Gilles Baril (PQ)

Gilles Baril (born 24 March 1957) is a Canadian businessman, journalist and former politician in Quebec, Canada. He was a Parti Québécois member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA).[1]

Gilles Baril
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue
In office
Preceded byDistrict was created
Succeeded byGilles Baril
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Berthier
In office
Preceded byAlbert Houde
Succeeded byMarie Grégoire
Personal details
Born (1957-03-24) 24 March 1957
Saint-Eugène-de-Guigues, Quebec, Canada
Political partyParti Québécois
Professionjournalist, politician, administrator

Born in Saint-Eugène-de-Guigues, Quebec, Baril has a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Moncton. He defeated incumbent Camil Samson in 1981 and became the Parti Québécois Member of the National Assembly for the district of Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue at the age of 24. He became parliamentary assistant in 1984. In the 1985 election, he was defeated by another Gilles Baril, the candidate of the Quebec Liberal Party.[2]

From 1990 to 1994, Baril was Director of Pavillon du Nouveau Point de vue, an addiction intervention center. He also had a career in the media. Baril made a political comeback in 1994, when he was elected to the legislature in the district of Berthier. He served as a parliamentary assistant and was re-elected in 1998. From 1998 to 2002, Baril was a Member of the Cabinet of Premiers Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry. He also was his party's campaign manager.

In 2002 though, he resigned and left politics, after allegations of corruption were made against him and lobbying firm Oxygène 9. From 2002 to 2005, Baril was in charge of the Hydro-Québec International office in Santiago, Chile. After Hydro Québec International, Baril is a Vice President in Quebec engineering and construction company DESSAU.

Electoral record (partial)

1998 Quebec general election: Berthier
Party Candidate Votes%±%
Parti QuébécoisGilles Baril20,07453.58−0.08
LiberalSylvie Thouin11,71031.26−5.04
Action démocratiqueRobert Robitaille5,11313.65+5.31
Socialist DemocracyFrançois Rivest2970.79
Natural LawLouise Roy2680.72+0.01
Total valid votes 37,46298.59
Rejected and declined votes 5351.41
Turnout 37,99779.51−2.51
Electors on the lists 47,790
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.


  1. "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
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