Rodrigue Biron (born September 8, 1934) is a politician in Quebec, Canada. He was leader of the Union Nationale political party from 1976 to 1980, when he joined the Parti Québécois (PQ). He served as Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism in the PQ government.
|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Lotbinière|
|Preceded by||Georges Massicotte|
|Succeeded by||Lewis Camden|
|Born||September 8, 1934|
|Political party||Union Nationale, Parti Québécois|
Biron served as Mayor of the Town of Sainte-Croix, Quebec, from 1971 to 1973.
Member of the legislature
He became the leader of the conservative Union Nationale (UN) party on May 23, 1976. The UN had once dominated Quebec provincial politics, but in the 1973 election, it lost all of the seats that it had held in the previous National Assembly. However, the party returned to the National Assembly of Quebec by winning a by-election in 1974.
Biron led the party to a modest comeback in the 1976 election, winning 11 seats. The party won one anglophone riding, where UN candidate William Shaw was elected capitalizing on discontent with Bill 22 language legislation passed by the Liberal government of Robert Bourassa.
The 1976 election had been won by the sovereigntist PQ, however, and the nationalist vote on which the UN had counted for support gravitated toward that party. Biron resigned as Union Nationale leader on March 3, 1980, and joined the PQ on November 11 of that year.
In the 1981 election, he was elected as a PQ member of the National Assembly, and served as Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. Meanwhile, his former party, the Union Nationale, was again wiped out in the 1981 election, this time for good—the party never won another seat, and eventually ceased to exist.
The PQ lost the 1985 election, and Biron lost his seat.
In 1997, he unsuccessfully ran for the leadership of the Bloc Québécois, a federal (Canadian) sovereigntist party. When Preston Manning wanted to form the United Alternative. He recruited Biron to the steering committee.
Biron's brother Paul is a perennial candidate in provincial politics who has run under different labels including Parti démocratie chrétienne du Québec, which was renamed Parti Unité Nationale in 2012.
- Bilan du Siècle, 22 mai 1976 - Élection de Rodrigue Biron au poste de chef de l'Union nationale
- "Manning's United Alternative | The Canadian Encyclopedia". thecanadianencyclopedia.ca. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
|Party political offices|
| Leader of the Union Nationale
Michel Le Moignan (interim)