Jean-François Bertrand

Jean-François Bertrand is a Canadian former politician in Quebec, Canada.[1] Bertrand served in the National Assembly of Quebec.


He was born on June 22, 1946 in Cowansville, Quebec and has a degree in political science from Université Laval. He is the son of politicians Jean-Jacques and Gabrielle Bertrand.

Member of the legislature

Bertrand became an executive member of the Parti Québécois in 1974 and was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 1976 election. He served as parliamentary assistant and Deputy House Leader from 1978 to the 1981 election.

Cabinet Member

He was re-elected in 1981 and was appointed to Premier René Lévesque's Cabinet. He served as Minister of Communications, until his defeat in the 1985 election. He also was the government's House Leader from 1982 to 1984.

Mayoral election

Bertrand was the Progrès Civique de Québec candidate for mayor in Quebec City in 1989. He lost against Rassemblement Populaire candidate Jean-Paul L'Allier.

Federal politics

He ran as a Bloc Québécois candidate in a 1995 by-election in the federal district of Brome—Missisquoi. He lost against Liberal candidate Denis Paradis.


He authored and published Je suis un bum de bonne famille in 2003. The book revealed that he has a drug addiction.

Electoral record

Canadian federal by-election, February 13, 1995: Brome—Missisquoi
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalDenis Paradis19,07851.02+14.36$54,562
  Bloc Québécois Jean-François Bertrand 15,764 42.16 +1.40 $53,734
  Progressive Conservative Guy Lever 1,235 3.30 −13.85 $36,225a
  Reform Line Maheux 517 1.38 $21,755
  New Democratic Party Paul Vachon 371 0.99 −0.27 $9,325
  Christian Heritage Jean Blaquière 126 0.34 $2,321
  Non-Affiliated Yvon V. Boulanger 107 0.29 $3,816
GreenÉric Ferland1010.27$412
  Natural Law Michel Champagne 77 0.21 −1.08 $6,538
  Abolitionist John H. Long 15 0.04 −1.61 $1,219
Total valid votes 37,391 100.00
Total rejected ballots 288
Turnout 37,679 64.32 −12.32
Electors on the lists 58,579
a- Does not include unpaid claims.


  1. "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Fernand Dufour (Liberal)
MNA, District of Vanier
Succeeded by
Jean-Guy Lemieux (Liberal)
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