Liza Frulla

Liza Frulla, PC CM OQ (born March 30, 1949, in Montreal, Quebec), formerly known as Liza Frulla-Hébert, is a former Canadian politician. She was a Liberal Member of the National Assembly of Quebec from 1989 to 1998, a Liberal Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2006, and a member of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Liza Frulla

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Jeanne-Le Ber
Verdun—Saint-Henri—Saint-Paul—Pointe Saint-Charles (2002-2004)
In office
May 13, 2002  January 23, 2006
Preceded byRaymond Lavigne
Succeeded byThierry St-Cyr
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Marguerite-Bourgeoys
In office
September 25, 1989  November 30, 1998
Preceded byGilles Fortin
Succeeded byMonique Jérôme-Forget
Personal details
Born (1949-03-30) March 30, 1949
Montreal, Quebec
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada (national)
Quebec Liberal Party (provincial)


All four of Frulla's grandparents were born in Italy and like many Italian Quebeckers, her family was strongly federalist and Quebec Liberal oriented. In college she says she was not politically involved as she voted "yes" in the 1980 referendum, believing it was only fair to give René Lévesque's government a mandate to negotiate, but when the results were strongly "no", she reverted to federalism. She then later worked as a marketer for Labatt Breweries when she regularly met with government officials and eventually joined the Quebec Liberals under Robert Bourassa.[1]

Early career

From 1974 to 1976, Frulla worked for the public affairs service of the organizing committee for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She subsequently became the first woman reporter accredited to cover professional sport in the electronic media.

Provincial politics

From 1989 to 1998, she represented the riding of Marguerite-Bourgeoys in the National Assembly of Quebec. She was Minister of Communications and Minister of Cultural Affairs. She was vice-chair of the "No" committee in the 1995 Quebec referendum. However, on November 1, 2007, while appearing on the RDI program Le Club des Ex, she admitted to having voted for the "Yes" side in the 1980 referendum.

In 1998, she left the National Assembly to host her own show, Liza, on public broadcaster Radio-Canada until 2002.

Federal politics

She was elected to Parliament in a 2002 by-election in the now-defunct riding of Verdun—Saint-Henri—Saint-Paul—Pointe-Saint-Charles. After that riding was merged with portions of neighbouring ridings to form Jeanne-Le Ber, she was re-elected by a razor-thin margin over Thierry St-Cyr in 2004; she subsequently lost to him in 2006.

Frulla has the prenominal "the Honourable" and the postnominal "PC" for life by virtue of being made a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada on December 12, 2003.[2] She was the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for the Status of Women in the cabinet of Prime Minister Paul Martin and previously served as Minister of Social Development.


In 2016, she was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.[3] In 2017, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.[4]

Electoral record (partial)

2004 Canadian federal election: Jeanne-Le Ber
Party Candidate Votes%Expenditures
LiberalLiza Frulla18,76641.09$61,848
Bloc QuébécoisThierry St-Cyr18,69440.93$32,921
New DemocraticAnthony Philbin3,1606.92$1,281
ConservativePierre-Albert Sévigny2,5245.53$14,155
GreenJean Claude Mercier1,8644.08not listed
MarijuanaCathy Duchesne5201.14none listed
Marxist–LeninistNormand Chouinard1480.32none listed
Total valid votes 45,676 100.00
Total rejected ballots 836
Turnout 46,512 55.22
Electors on the lists 84,223
Percentage change figures are factored for redistribution. Conservative Party percentages are contrasted with the combined Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative figures from 2000. Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada. Italicized expenditures refer to totals submitted by the candidate and are presented when the reviewed totals are not available.


27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Hélène Scherrer Minister of Canadian Heritage
Bev Oda
Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development
styled as Minister of Social Development
Ken Dryden
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Jean Augustine Minister responsible for the Status of Women
Bev Oda
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