Sylvain Gaudreault

National Assembly of Quebec Parti Québécois Jean-François Lisée
Sylvain Gaudreault

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Leader of the Opposition in Quebec
In office
May 6, 2016 – October 7, 2016
Preceded byPierre Karl Péladeau
Succeeded byJean-François Lisée
Leader of the Parti Québécois
In office
May 6, 2016 – October 7, 2016
Preceded byPierre Karl Péladeau
Succeeded byJean-François Lisée
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Jonquière
Assumed office
April 25, 2007
Preceded byFrançoise Gauthier
Personal details
Born (1970-07-08) July 8, 1970 (age 50)
Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
Political partyParti Québécois

Sylvain Gaudreault (born July 8, 1970) is a Canadian politician and teacher. He is the current Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Jonquière in the city of Saguenay. He represents the Parti Québécois. On May 6, 2016, the party caucus chose him as interim leader following the resignation of PQ leader Pierre Karl Péladeau.[1]

Life and career

Born in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Gaudreault went to the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and obtained a bachelor's degree in history. He also received a bachelor's degree in law at Université Laval and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1996. He is also currently doing a master's degree in regional intervention and studies. He worked since 2001 as a teacher at CEGEP de Jonquière and worked for the newspaper Le Quotidien.

Gaudreault was elected in Jonquière in the 2007 elections when he defeated Tourism Minister Françoise Gauthier. He had faced controversy during the campaign, when radio host Louis Champagne attacked both Gaudreault and Parti Québécois leader André Boisclair for being openly gay.[2]

When the PQ formed government in 2012, Gaudreault entered Cabinet as Minister of Transport and Minister of Municipal Affairs, one of two LGBT ministers. While his stint in Cabinet only last 19 months due to the PQ's defeat in the subsequent election, he announced plans to extend the Montreal Metro's Blue Line to Anjou and the Yellow Line deeper into the Monteregie. As well, he became the point person on the government's plans to further electrify public transit across Quebec.