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Christine St-Pierre

  • Minister of International Relations
    and La Francophonie
  • Minister responsible for the Laurentides region

Mrs. Christine St-Pierre was born in St. Roch des Aulnaies, Québec, in 1953 into a family of poultry farmers. She holds a Bachelors in Social Science from the Université de Moncton, New Brunswick.

In 1976, she began a career as a radio and television journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Société Radio-Canada), which led her to work in several cities around the country including Moncton, Montréal, Québec City and Ottawa. Mrs. St-Pierre was also a correspondent in Washington.

In 2007, after more than 30 years in journalism, Mrs. St-Pierre decides to enter political life and joined the Québec Liberal Party led by Prime Minister Jean Charest. Member of the first gender-balanced cabinet, she is responsible until 2012 for the Department of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women in addition to being responsible for the application of the Charter of the French Language. Additionally, she is a member of the Ministerial Committee on Social, Educational and Cultural Development. After two years in the opposition, her political party regains power in 2014 under the direction of Prime Minister Philippe Couillard. Mrs. St-Pierre returned to the Cabinet as Minister of International Relations and Francophonie as well as Minister responsible for the Laurentians Region. She is also a member of the Ministerial Committee for the Economy, Job Creation and Sustainable Development and the Treasury Board.

Among her major achievements, it should be noted the entrenchment of equality between women and men in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the reform of the Cultural Heritage Act, the modernization of the governance of laws governing Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles, or SODEC, Télé-Québec and la Place des Arts as well as an update of the Status of the Artist Act. In addition, she contributed to the creation of the Capital Culture Québec Fund, a $100 million fund intended to support Québec cultural organisations interested in exporting their projects. In June 2017, Mrs. St-Pierre launched the new Quebec International Policy.

Mrs. St-Pierre is married to the author Jean Pierre Plante.

Office

Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie
Édifice Hector-Fabre
525, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
4e étage
Québec (Québec)  G1R 5R9
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Phone: 418 649-2319
Fax: 418 643-4804

Chief of staff: Jean-François Hould
Press attaché: Ann-Clara Vaillancourt

Last update: November 2, 2017
Online as of: April 24, 2014


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