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Claude Cousineau

Claude Cousineau (born February 20, 1950 in Montreal, Quebec) is a politician and teacher in Quebec, Canada. He represents the constituency of Bertrand in the National Assembly. He represents the Parti Québécois since 1998.

Cousineau studied at the Université du Québec à Montréal and obtained a bachelor's degree in cellular and molecular biology. He also received a certificate in education at the same university. He was a teacher from 1975 to 1978 at a secondary school in Montreal and a science and mathematics teacher at Collège Charles-Lemoyne between 1978 and 1985. He was a program coordinator for three years at the same college and was the general manager of the Académie Laurentienne located near Sainte-Adèle in the Laurentians.

He was also the mayor and councillor of the town of Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides. He was mayor of the municipality from 1989 to 1998 and was also the Chairman in 1982 of an urban planning Commission. He was involved in the economic development in the Laurentians region particularly in Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) des Laurentides in which he served as warden and was president of a regional economic development corporation in 1996. He was also a board member of the Québec Regional County Municipality Association.

Cousineau entered politics in 1998 where he was elected the MNA in Bertrand in the northern Laurentians. He was the Parliamentary Secretary (Assistant) to the State Minister for Municipal Affairs, the State Minister for Health and Social services, the State Minister of Economic development and the Minister of Finance during his mandate. However, he was never been nominated to the Cabinet by Lucien Bouchard or Bernard Landry. When the Parti Québécois lost to the Liberals in 2003, he was re-elected and was named the critic for research, science and technology in 2003 and in innovation in 2005. He was re-elected for a third term in 2007, a fourth in 2012.

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