Maxime Arseneau

Maxime Arseneau (born November 24, 1949) is a Canadian radio host and teacher and former Quebec politician. He was the Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Îles-de-la-Madeleine. He represents the Parti Québécois and was a former minister in the cabinets of Former Premiers Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry. Arseneau served as MNA from 1998 to 2008.

Maxime Arseneau
MNA for Îles-de-la-Madeleine
In office
December 15, 1998  November 5, 2008
Preceded byGeorges Farrah
Succeeded byGermain Chevarie
Personal details
Born (1949-11-24) November 24, 1949
Havre-aux-Maisons, Quebec, Canada
Political partyParti Québécois
Professionradio host, teacher

Born in Havre-aux-Maisons, Quebec, Arseneau went at the Université de Montréal and obtained a bachelor's degree in history and later received a certificate in science education at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1979. He then became a history and economics teacher for nearly 15 years. He was later an assistant director in the Department of Continuing Education at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles for 10 years.

He would also host a show at CFIM, a community radio station and would be active in politics being the president of the Parti Québécois in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine region twice, while he was the vice-president of the YES committee in the 1995 referendum.

Arseneau was first elected as an MNA for Îles-de-la-Madeleine in 1998 and was named the delegate minister for tourism and the minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region. After Bernard Landry replaced Lucien Bouchard as Premier of Quebec, Arseneau was named in 2001 the minister of agriculture, fisheries and food. Arseneau was re-elected in 2003 and 2007. He was the PQ's critic in agriculture, fisheries and food. He did not seek re-election in the 2008 provincial elections.

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
Political offices
Preceded by
Remy Trudel
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Succeeded by
Yvon Vallieres
Preceded by
David Cliche
Minister of Tourism
Succeeded by
Richard Legendre
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