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Jean-François Lisée

Jean-François Lisée
MNA for Rosemont
Assumed office
Preceded by Louise Beaudoin
Personal details
Born (1958-02-13) February 13, 1958
Thetford Mines, Quebec
Political party Parti Québécois

Jean-François Lisée (born February 13, 1958 in Thetford Mines) is a politician in Quebec, Canada, who was elected a member of the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2012 Quebec election in the electoral district of Rosemont.

Prior to winning political office, he was a political analyst, journalist, author, intellectual and sovereignist thinker. He was a "special advisor" to former PQ premiers of Quebec Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard. Prior to his election, he was the Executive Director of the International Study and Research Centre at the University of Montreal. His work centered on Quebec sovereignty, the sociological phenomena affecting the latter's support, as well as the "Quebec Model" and social democracy in an era of globalization.

He served concurrently as the Minister of International Relations, the Francophonie, External Trade as well as the minister responsible for the Montreal region in the cabinet of Pauline Marois from 2012 to 2014.


Lisée holds degrees in law, journalism and communication studies. In the 1980s, he was a reporter in Paris and Washington for both Canadian and French media. During that decade, he began an expansive investigation into 30 years of American political, diplomatic, financial and media attention toward Quebec and its independence movement, resulting in the book In the Eye of the Eagle, published in 1990. It won the Governor General's Award for non-fiction. Two books followed: Le Tricheur and Le Naufrageur, both of which were highly critical of former Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa. According to Lisée, his refusal to support sovereignty in the context of the Meech Lake Accord failure left many Quebec nationalists feeling betrayed.

In 1994, he became a "special advisor" to Premier Jacques Parizeau and an important strategist for the 1995 Quebec referendum campaign. After the sovereignty referendum failure and Parizeau's resulting resignation, Lisée then became advisor to Parizeau's successor, Lucien Bouchard. Lisée resigned from this post in late 1999 because of disagreements over the sovereignty strategy of the provincial PQ government. He explained his own strategy in 'Emergency Exit: How to Avert Quebec Decline (2000).

Lisée was guest scholar from 2001 to 2003 at the International Research and Study Centre (CERI) in Paris and at the Political Science Department of the University of Montreal. He is currently the Executive Director of the International Studies Centre at the University of Montreal (CERIUM). He is also a member of the Political Research and Social Development Centre (CPDS) and founder of international politics website He periodically writes articles published in the current affairs magazine L'actualité.


  • Des histoires du Québec selon Jean-François Lisée. 2012. Montréal : Les Éditions Rogers
  • Le petit tricheur: Robert Bourassa derrière le masque. 2012. Montréal : Les Éditions Québec-Amérique. ISBN 9782764421703
  • Comment mettre la droite K.-O. en 15 arguments. 2012. Montréa, Les Éditions Stanké. ISBN 9782760410985
  • Troisième millénaire. 2011. Montréal : Les Éditions Stanké. ISBN 9782760410855
  • Imaginer l'Après-crise: Pistes pour un monde plus juste, équitable, durable. 2009. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782764607015
  • Pour une gauche efficace. 2008. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782764606407
  • Nous. 2007. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782764605677
  • Sortie de Secours : Comment échapper au déclin du Québec. 2000. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782764600160
  • Le Naufrageur. 1994. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890526280
  • Le Tricheur. 1994. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890526211
  • Les Prétendants. 1993. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890525832
  • Carrefours Amérique. 1990. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890523647
  • Dans l'œil de l'Aigle. 1990. Montréal : Les Éditions du Boréal. ISBN 9782890523289


Electoral record

See also

External links

  • His daily blog
  • Biography and article archive on the CÉRIUM website
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