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Yvon Vallieres

In office
1973 – 1976
Preceded by Yvon Brochu
Succeeded by Yvon Brochu

Incumbent
Assumed office 
April 13, 1981
Preceded by Yvon Brochu

Born February 5, 1949 (1949-02-05) (age 60)
Richmond, Quebec
Political party Quebec Liberal Party
Profession teacher
Cabinet President of the National Assembly of Quebec

Yvon Vallières (born February 5, 1949 in Richmond, Quebec) is a Quebec politician and teacher. He is the current Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Richmond in the Estrie region. Formerly the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 2003 to 2007, he is the current Chair of the Government Caucus. He represents the Quebec Liberal Party from 1973 to 1976 and since 1981 and is one of the longest active serving MNAs.

Education

Vallières went to the Université de Sherbrooke and obtained a bachelor's degree in pedagogy and would teach at several schools from 1970 to 1972 and from 1976 to 1981 while being a councilor at the Commission Scolaire de Taillon in 1972. He also obtained a certificate in psychology human relations.

Professional and political career

Vallières would become the MNA for Richmond in 1973 when Robert Bourassa won a second majority term. Vaillieres was however defeated by the Parti Québécois in 1976 when they gain power for the first time ever under the leadership of René Lévesque. After returning to his teaching duties from 1976 to 1981, Vallières was a candidate again in Richmond for the 1981 elections and was re-elected. He was then named the President of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Parliamentary Commission. He was re-elected again in 1985 as the Liberals returned to power when Robert Bourassa returned to politics and became once again the party leader. Vallières would be named the Chief Whip of the government for the full mandate.

During his next mandate from 1989 to 1994, he was the Minister responsible or the delegate minister for several portfolios. He was named the Delegate Minister of Transport in 1989 and Delegate Minister of Regional development, Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1990 to 1992. He was also the Minister responsible of Fisheries from 1990 to 1994. When Daniel Johnson, Jr. replaced Bourassa during the final months of the Liberal Mandate, Vallieres was named once again the chief Whip of the government.

While the Liberals lost power in 1994, Vallières was re-elected for a fifth mandate and was named the opposition's critic in agriculture and regional development and was for the second time the President of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Parliamentary Commission. In 1998, he was re-elected for a sixth mandate and was again the opposition critic in agriculture until 2000. He was also the President of the Territorial Planning Parliamentary Commission.

When the Liberals regained power in 2003, Vallières, who won a seventh mandate was named for the third time the Chief Government Whip. After a Cabinet shuffle in 2005, he was named the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food until the 2007 elections. However, during his mandate, health issues forced him to take some time off and Laurent Lessard took over temporarily his duties. He was also briefly the Minister responsible of the Centre-du-Québec region after a minor Cabinet shuffle in 2006. Vallières won an eighth mandate but was removed from the Cabinet and named the Chair of the government Caucus.

On January 13, 2009, he was elected President of the National Assembly of Quebec.

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National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Francois Gendron
President of the National Assembly of Quebec
2009-
Succeeded by
INCUMBENT
Political offices
Preceded by
Françoise Gauthier (Liberal)
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Laurent Lessard (Liberal)
Preceded by
Hugette Lachapelle
Chief Whip of the Quebec Liberal Party (1st time)
1985–1989
Succeeded by
William Cusano
Preceded by
William Cusano
Chief Whip of the Quebec Liberal Party (2nd time)
1994
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Chief Whip of the Quebec Liberal Party (3rd time)
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Norman Macmillan
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