Yves Bolduc

Yves Bolduc (born March 6, 1957 in Alma, Quebec) is a doctor and politician in the Canadian province of Quebec. He was named the new Minister of Health and Social Services of Quebec on June 25, 2008 succeeding Philippe Couillard who resigned on the same day following five years as Minister for that portfolio.[1] and was member of the National Assembly of Quebec of the Quebec City riding of Jean-Talon. He is a member of the Quebec Liberal Party.

Yves Bolduc
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Jean-Talon
In office
September 30, 2008  February 26, 2015
Preceded byPhilippe Couillard
Succeeded bySébastien Proulx
Personal details
Born (1957-03-06) March 6, 1957
Alma, Quebec
Political partyQuebec Liberal Party
Spouse(s)Chantal Trépanier
Professiongeneral practitioner, coroner
CabinetMinister of Health and Social Services

Education and professional career

Bolduc holds a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), a master's degree from the École nationale d'administration publique and a bachelor's degree in bioethics from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. He started his studies at the Université Laval where he obtained a bachelor's degree in health sciences.[1][2]

Bolduc worked as a general practitioner since 1981 and as a coroner since 1985. He was also the general manager of the Health and Social services center of the Vallée-de-l'Or in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and ran the professional services department of the Lac Saint-Jean Health and Social Services Center for fourteen years. He was also president of the Association des Conseils de médecins, dentistes et pharmaciens du Québec and a member of the Alma Chamber of Commerce.[3]

Over his years as a practitioner, Bolduc was more specialized in service accessibility, and he recently implemented methods inspired from the Toyota assembly line to better manage the operating room at the Val-d'Or Hospital.[1][4]

Political career

Bolduc ran as a member of the Liberal Party during the 2007 general election in the riding of Lac Saint-Jean. However, he was defeated by the Parti Québécois candidate Alexandre Cloutier.[5] The PQ swept the entire Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region in that election.

By becoming a member of the Jean Charest cabinet, Bolduc became the first unelected Minister since the PQ's David Levine, who was named delegate minister for health in the Bernard Landry cabinet in 2002. About only 40 other non-elected members since 1874 were named to Cabinet.[3]

Bolduc ran in a by-election on September 29 in the Jean-Talon riding left vacant by the departure of Couillard. Bolduc was easily elected, receiving 58% of the vote.[1][6]


While Quebec Education Minister in 2015, Mr. Bolduc publicly defended the policy which allowed a school administrator in Quebec City to strip search a 15-year-old student.[7] The statements have caused outrage among some Quebecers who have started a petition asking for his resignation.[8] He later announced a re-examination of the rules, stating an independent party will be investigating the situation.[9]

Following much speculation, Bolduc announced his resignation as both Education Minister and MNA on February 26, 2015.[10]


Political offices
Preceded by
Philippe Couillard
Minister of Health and Social Services
Succeeded by
Réjean Hébert
Preceded by
Marie Malavoy
Minister of Education, Sport and Leisure
Succeeded by
François Blais
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