Pierre Arcand

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Pierre Arcand

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Leader of the Opposition in Quebec
In office
October 18, 2018 – May 11, 2020
Preceded byJean-François Lisée
Succeeded byDominique Anglade
Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party
In office
October 5, 2018 – May 11, 2020
Preceded byPhilippe Couillard
Succeeded byDominique Anglade
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Mont-Royal–Outremont
Assumed office
October 1, 2018
Preceded byRiding Established
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Mont-Royal
In office
April 25, 2007 – August 29, 2018
Preceded byPhilippe Couillard
Succeeded byriding redistributed
Personal details
Born (1951-11-13) November 13, 1951 (age 68)
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Political partyQuebec Liberal Party
Marielle Delisle[1]
(m. 1974)

Dominique Chaloult
Professionbusinessman, journalist

Pierre Arcand (born November 13, 1951 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec) is a politician, businessman, announcer and journalist in Quebec, Canada. He is the elected Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA) for the provincial riding of Mont-Royal–Outremont in the Island of Montreal. He represents the Quebec Liberal Party. On October 5, 2018 Arcand was named interim leader, following the resignation of Philippe Couillard after the 2018 Quebec general election. He is the brother of journalist Paul Arcand.[2]

Studies and professional career

Arcand attended Cegep de Saint-Hyacinthe and the HEC (Hautes etudes commerciales) in the 1970s.[3]


Arcand started his journalistic career in 1978 at CKAC as a news editor and then the radio station's vice-president and the director of information. He was then the senior vice-president of Metromedia CMR Broadcasting Inc. in which the company acquired several radio and television stations across the province but mainly in the Montreal area. Among those included CKOI-FM and CFCF-AM. In 2002, he would become the president of Corus Entertainment's Corus Quebec radio division who purchased Metromedia's radio stations.[4][5]

He was involved with the Tel-Aide community organization as an administration member.[6]

Provincial politics

In 2007, Arcand announced his candidacy in the provincial election for the riding of Mont-Royal which was left vacant by Health minister Philippe Couillard who announced his candidacy in the riding of Jean-Talon in Quebec City replacing Margaret Delisle. He decided to run to improve the province's economic competitiveness.[7]

Following his easy re-election in 2008, Arcand was given his first cabinet position. He was named the Minister for International Relations, replacing Monique Gagnon-Tremblay who was promoted to President of the Treasury Board replacing Monique Jerome-Forget. Arcand was also given the portfolio of the Francophonie that was left vacant by Benoit Pelletier who did not seek re-election.[8]

Since August 11, 2010, he has held the position of Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks. He has also served as a member of the Ministerial Committee for Economic Prosperity and Sustainable Development since January 15, 2009.[9]

He was re-elected in September 2013 and in April 2014 and since April 2014 hold the position of Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Minister responsible for the Lanaudiere region, and Minister responsible for the Laurentides region. In July 2014 Arcand was awarded with the Fray International Sustainability Award at SIPS 2014/Shechtman International Symposium in Mexico, for his achievements and contributions to sustainable development in politics.[10][11]

At the dissolution of the house in August 2018, Arcand was Minister responsible for Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review, Chair of the Conseil du trésor, and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region.[12][13]

In the 2018 election, Arcand was reelected in the redistributed riding of Mont-Royal–Outremont.[14]

Interim Liberal leader

On October 5, 2018 Arcand was named interim leader, following the resignation of Philippe Couillard after the 2018 Quebec general election.[15][16]

Guy Ouellette case

As soon as he was elected interim party leader, Mr. Arcand expelled the MNA Guy Ouellette from the Liberal Caucus.[17][18]


  1. ^ "Enregsitrement de mariage" (in French). Ministry of Health and Social Services. June 8, 1974. Retrieved March 26, 2020 – via Institut généalogique Drouin.
  2. ^ http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/arcand-pierre-421/biographie.html
  3. ^ http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/arcand-pierre-421/biographie.html
  4. ^ http://www.premier.gouv.qc.ca/equipe/conseil-ministres/arcand-pierre-en.asp
  5. ^ https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/politique/politique-quebecoise/200905/10/01-855084-pierre-arcand-ministre-en-ascension.php
  6. ^ http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/arcand-pierre-421/biographie.html
  7. ^ http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/arcand-pierre-421/index.html
  8. ^ http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/arcand-pierre-421/index.html
  9. ^ http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/arcand-pierre-421/index.html
  10. ^ "Pierre Arcand is awarded with Fray International Sustainability Award in Mexico". flogen.org. FLOGEN Star OUTREACH.
  11. ^ http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/arcand-pierre-421/index.html
  12. ^ http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/deputes/arcand-pierre-421/index.html
  13. ^ http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/arcand-pierre-421/index.html
  14. ^ https://globalnews.ca/news/4457045/quebec-election-mont-royal-outremont-results/
  15. ^ Authier, Philip (October 5, 2018). "New interim Liberal leader Pierre Arcand takes aim at CAQ and QS". The Gazette. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-quebec-liberals-name-pierre-arcand-as-interim-leader/`
  17. ^ https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/538479/les-liberaux-se-reunissent-pour-choisir-un-chef-interimaire
  18. ^ https://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2018/10/05/le-depute-guy-ouellette-est-exclu-du-caucus-liberal