He was born in 1941 in Montreal and grew up in the Mauricie area. He attended Séminaire Sainte-Marie and obtained an Education Degree from Université Laval. Prior to entering politics, Jolivet was a teacher and a union activist.
Member of the legislature
He served as Deputy Speaker from 1980 to 1984.
Member of the Cabinet
Jolivet was sent back to the legislature in the 1994 election with a majority of his PQ colleagues. He served as his party's House Whip from 1994 to 1997. Jolivet also served as House Leader, and as Minister for Electoral Reform, Regional Development and Forestry from 1997 to the 1998 election.
He was re-elected in 1998 and became Minister of Regions.
In March 2001 Jolivet retired from politics, after twenty-five years of service. Liberal Julie Boulet succeeded him as Member of the National Assembly.
|National Assembly of Quebec|
Prudent Carpentier (Liberal)
| MNA, District of Laviolette
Julie Boulet (Liberal)