Marcel Massé

Stéphane Dion Lucienne Robillard Jean Chrétien

Marcel Massé PC OC QC (born June 23, 1940) is a Canadian politician and civil servant.


Massé was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1940 and graduated from McGill University and Pembroke College, Oxford (as Rhodes Scholar in 1963). He served as Clerk of the Privy Council in 1979 during the government of Prime Minister Joe Clark. In his distinguished public service career, he also served as President of the Canadian International Development Agency, on two occasions; was undersecretary for external affairs; and represented Canada as its executive director at the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank.

Massé's career in elected politics began when he ran as a candidate for Jean Chrétien's Liberal Party in the 1993 federal election. He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as Member of Parliament for Hull—Aylmer. The incumbent, Gilles Rocheleau, had joined the sovereigntist Bloc Québécois in 1990 after the Meech Lake Accord failed. However, Rocheleau found himself running as a sovereigntist in a strongly federalist riding. Massé routed him by almost 13,700 votes, reverting the seat to its traditional status as a Liberal stronghold; before Rocheleau's brief stint in the Bloc, the riding had been in Liberal hands without interruption since its creation in 1914.

Following the election, he was appointed to the Canadian Cabinet as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister responsible for Public Service Renewal.

In 1996, a Cabinet shuffle moved him to the positions of President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure.

Massé was re-elected in the 1997 election, but retired from Cabinet in 1999 and resigned his seat in the House of Commons.

In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

After the Liberal Party of Canada's leadership convention in December 2006 he was asked to join the transition team of newly elected leader Stéphane Dion. He served as Dion's Principal Secretary in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition for a period after Dion's selection as leader. He later left the post for health reasons.

Electoral record

1997 Canadian federal election: Hull—Aylmer
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Marcel Massé 25,835 54.11 $47,001
Bloc Québécois Ginette Tétreault 9,922 20.78 $31,255
     Progressive Conservative Stéphane Rondeau 8,461 17.72 $7,680
New Democratic Peter Piening 1,317 2.76 $665
Reform Camille Fortin 935 1.96 $1,308
Green Gail Walker 586 1.23 $116
Christian Heritage Ron Gray 275 0.58 $1,320
Natural Law Robert Mayer 266 0.56 $0
Marxist–Leninist Pierre Soublière 151 0.32 $0
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 47,748 100.00 $61,239
Total rejected ballots 1,114
Turnout 48,862 70.44
Electors on the lists 69,366
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
1993 Canadian federal election: Hull—Aylmer
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marcel Massé 27,988 53.26 $54,753
  Bloc Québécois Gilles Rocheleau 14,293 27.20 $38,257
  Non-Affiliated Tony Cannavino 4,583 8.72 $53,805
  Progressive Conservative Pierre Chénier 3,244 6.17 $49,356
  New Democratic Party Francine Bourque 1,346 2.56 $12,759
Green George Halpern 468 0.89 $473
  Natural Law Robert Mayer 401 0.76 $225
  Marxist-Leninist Françoise Roy 162 0.31 $80
  Abolitionist Linda Dubois 63 0.12 $0
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 52,548 100.00 $56,938
Total rejected ballots 873
Turnout 53,421 76.95
Electors on the lists 69,419
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from official contributions and expenses provided by Elections Canada.

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Gilles Rocheleau
Member of Parliament from Hull—Aylmer
Succeeded by
Marcel Proulx
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Art Eggleton President of the Treasury Board
Lucienne Robillard
position created Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Stéphane Dion
Pierre Blais President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
Stéphane Dion
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Art Eggleton Minister responsible for Infrastructure
position created Minister responsible for Public Service Renewal
position abolished