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Bernard Drainville

Bernard Drainville
MNA for Marie-Victorin
Assumed office
April 25, 2007
Preceded by Cécile Vermette
Personal details
Born (1963-06-06) June 6, 1963
Île Dupas, Quebec
Political party Parti Québécois
Residence Quebec City
Profession journalist, television host
Portfolio Health and Castonguay Commission (2008) affairs

Bernard Drainville (born June 6, 1963 in Île Dupas, Quebec) is a Quebec politician, television host and journalist. He is the current Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Marie-Victorin in Longueuil and represents the Parti Québécois.


Drainville attended the University of Ottawa, where he was president of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa in 1984-85, and obtained a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in international relations at the London School of Economics.

In 1989, Drainville joined Radio-Canada as a journalist, where he worked at the Windsor affiliate. He became a correspondent for Latin America in 2001, where he was arrested once in Mexico and detained by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Prior to 2007, he was a television host at the network's news channel RDI and the correspondent at the National Assembly, and a correspondent for the Canadian House of Commons from 1998 to 2001. He hosted the City of Montreal mayoral debate between Gerald Tremblay and Pierre Bourque during the 2005 municipal election campaign.

Drainville jumped into provincial politics and was elected in the 2007 elections in Marie-Victorin and was named the PQ's critic in health. He was re-elected in the 2008 and 2012 general elections. On September 19, 2012 he became Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship.[1]

Notes and references

  1. ^ Offices held

External links

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French).  
  • PQ webpage (French)
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