- Lucienne Robillard
name = Lucienne Robillard
parliament = Canadian
term_start = 1997
January 25 2008
predecessor = "new riding"
parliament2 = Canadian
February 13 1995
term_end2 = 1997
predecessor2 = David Berger
successor2 = "riding abolished"
birth_date = birth date and age|1945|06|16
party = Liberal
spouse = divorced
Lucienne Robillard, PC (born
June 16, 1945in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian politician and a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. She sat in the Canadian House of Commonsas the Member of Parliamentfor the riding of Westmount—Ville-Mariein Montreal.
Robillard had a career as a
social workerbefore entering politics. In the Quebec election of 1989, she was elected to the Quebec National Assemblyin the riding of Chambly as a member of the Liberal Party of Quebec. She was appointed to the provincial cabinet of Premier Robert Bourassaas Minister of Cultural Affairs. In 1992, she became Minister of Education, and then served as Minister of Health and Social Services from 1994 until the defeat of the Liberal government.
She then moved to federal politics as a
star candidatewhen she was elected to the Canadian House of Commonsin a by-electionin the safe Liberal riding of Westmount—Ville-Marie. Jean Chrétienappointed her to the federal cabinet as Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the federal campaign in the 1995 Quebec referendum.
Paul Martinbecame Prime Minister of Canadain 2003, he moved Robillard to the position of Minister of Industry and Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. With the cabinet shufflethat followed the 2004 election, she became Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
Judy Sgro's resignation from Cabinet on January 14, 2005, Joe Volpemoved to fill the vacant position of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Robillard assumed his prior responsibilities as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. When Belinda Stronachcrossed the floor and joined the Liberals in the House of Commons on May 17, 2005, she replaced Robillard as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
February 1, 2006, she was named deputy leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Commons by Interim Leader Bill Graham. She held this post until the newly elected leader, Stéphane Dion(who represents the nearby riding of Saint-Laurent—Cartierville), in accordance with the customary Anglophone/Francophone division of duties, appointed the Anglophone Michael Ignatieffas his deputy.
April 4, 2007, she announced she would not run in the next election. She resigned her seat on January 25, 2008.
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