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.
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.
He authored and published Je suis un bum de bonne famille in 2003. The book revealed that he has a drug addiction.
|Canadian federal by-election, February 13, 1995: Brome—Missisquoi|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Electors on the lists||58,579|
|a- Does not include unpaid claims.|
|National Assembly of Quebec|
Fernand Dufour (Liberal)
| MNA, District of Vanier
Jean-Guy Lemieux (Liberal)