Jacques Brassard

Jacques Brassard (born June 12, 1940 in Alma, Quebec) is a former Quebec politician and Cabinet Minister. He was the National Assembly of Quebec for Lac-Saint-Jean from 1976 to 2002 and occupied several portfolios as a Minister under the Parti Québecois governments of René Lévesque, Pierre-Marc Johnson, Jacques Parizeau, Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry.

Jacques Brassard
MNA for Lac-Saint-Jean
In office
Preceded byRoger Pilote
Succeeded byStéphan Tremblay
Minister of the Environment
In office
Preceded byPierre Paradis
Succeeded byDavid Cliche
Personal details
Born (1940-06-27) 27 June 1940
Alma, Quebec
Political partyParti Québécois
Professionpolitician, teacher

Brassard made his university studies at Université de Montréal and Université de Sherbrooke and obtained a degree in pedagogy. After being teacher a local school board, he was a history teacher for nine years at Collège d'Alma before his entry to provincial politics in 1976. He was elected in Lac-Saint-Jean as the Parti Québécois won the elections for their first time since their creation. He was a backbencher member for the first mandate and was re-elected in 1981 and named the government Deputy Whip. He was later promoted as the Chief Whip in 1982 before being named into the Cabinet for the first time in 1984 as Minister of Recreation, Hunting and Fishing until the 1985 elections. Despite the PQ losing the election to the Quebec Liberal Party, Brassard was re-elected in 1985 and 1989 serving as the chief whip of the Official Opposition.

After his re-election in 1994 and the return to power of the PQ, he was named Minister for several portfolios from 1994 to his resignation in 2002 including Minister of Environment and Wildlife, Canadian Intergovermental Affairs, Parliamentary Reform, Transports and Natural Resources. He was also the Government House Leader just before the 1998 elections until his resignation on January 29, 2002. Brassard resigned after refusing a secondary Cabinet position offered by then-Premier Bernard Landry. He resigned on the same date as then-Minister of Transports Guy Chevrette, another veteran PQ member.[1]

He later worked for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean newspaper Le Quotidien.


  1. Lessard, Denis (January 30, 2002). "Vexés d'être mis sur la touche, Brassard Chevrette et Cliche démissionnent (Two Cabinet Ministers resigned after refusing secondary Cabinet Positions)". La Presse. p. a1.
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