François Legault

François Legault

Infobox QuebecMNA | name= Francois Legault

caption= François Legault in 2000
term_start=December 15, 1998
predecessor= Levis Brien
birth_date= birth date and age |1957|05|26
birth_place= Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
party= Parti québécois
party colour= Parti québécois
riding=Rousseau (1998-present)
portfolio= Finances, Economic Development
spouse= |

François Legault (born May 26, 1957 in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec) is a politician in Quebec, Canada, and a member of the National Assembly of Quebec. A member of the Parti Québécois (PQ), he was first elected in the 1998 Quebec election in the riding of Rousseau in the Lanaudière region.

Legault has a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration from the HEC Montreal. He worked as an administrator for Provigo, a finance director for Nationair and an auditor for Ernst & Young. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Air Transat.

After his 1998 election, He was drafted by Lucien Bouchard to serve as Minister for Industry and Commerce. He was later named the Minister of Education.

When Bouchard resigned, it was said that Legault would support Pauline Marois against Bernard Landry. He later clarified his position as being in favour of Landry's candidacy.

Landry appointed Legault as State Minister of Education and later as Minister of Health and Social Services. He was re-elected in 2003 while the PQ lost to the Quebec Liberal Party. He was named during the mandate the critic for economics, economic development and finances. After his 2007 re-election, he was renamed the PQ critic in economic development and finances.

Legault is said to be a natural contender for the PQ's leadership. He endorsed Richard Legendre in the PQ leadership race of 2005.


* [ Biography at National Assembly of Quebec] fr icon

See also

*Politics of Quebec
*Quebec sovereignty movement
*Parti Québécois

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