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François Legault is a Canadian politician serving as 32nd premier of Quebec since 2018. A member of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), he has led the party since its founding in 2011. Legault sits as a member of the National Assembly (MNA) for the Lanaudière region riding of L’Assomption. Prior to entering politics, he was the co-founder of the Canadian airline Air Transat.
Legault was an MNA from 1998 to 2009—serving in the governments of former premiers Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry—as the minister of education from 1998 to 2002 and as the minister of health from 2002 to 2003. He was a member of the Parti Québécois (PQ), first elected in the 1998 Quebec election in the riding of Rousseau. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2008 but resigned his seat on June 25, 2009.
He returned to the legislature at the 2012 Quebec provincial election as the MNA for L’Assomption, a suburb of Montreal. He was reelected in the 2014 election and won the 2018 election. Legault is the first premier not to be a member of the Quebec Liberal Party or the Parti Québécois (PQ) since Jean-Jacques Bertrand’s 1970 Union Nationale government. Legault has enjoyed high approval ratings during his tenure as premier and has been rated as one of the most popular premiers in Canada.
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François Legault was born on May 26, 1957 (age 64 years) in Montreal, Canada. He was at the Lachine Hospital and grew up in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. His father, Lucien Legault, was a postmaster. His mother, Pauline Schetagne, was a housewife who also worked as a cashier at the local A&P grocery store. Siblings: Marie Legault is a lawyer. She is the sister of a Canadian politician Francois Legault.
Legault has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from HEC Montréal. He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Legault worked as an administrator for Provigo, and an auditor for Ernst & Young until 1984. In 1985, Legault became the director of finance and administration at Nationair Canada and then the marketing director at Québécair. He co-founded Air Transat in 1986 after being the director of marketing at Quebecair.
He was the chief executive officer of that company until 1997. Air Transat quickly became one of the largest airline companies in Canada offering charter flights. From 1995 to 1998, Legault sat on the boards of various companies, including Provigo Inc., Culinar, Sico, Technilab Inc. and Bestar Inc., and the Marc-Aurèle Fortin private museum.
François Legault was appointed by Lucien Bouchard as Minister for Industry and Commerce after his 1998 election. He was later named the Minister of Education. When Bouchard resigned, it was said that Legault would support Pauline Marois against Bernard Landry. He later clarified his position as being in favour of Landry’s candidacy.
Bernard Landry appointed Legault as Minister of Education and later as Minister of Health and Social Services. He was re-elected in 2003 while the PQ lost to the Quebec Liberal Party. He remained on the PQ front bench as the critic for economics, economic development, and finances.
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He endorsed Richard Legendre in the 2005 PQ leadership election, which was won by André Boisclair. After his re-election in 2007, he has renamed the PQ critic for economic development and finances.
François Legault was re-elected in the 2008 elections but announced on June 25, 2009, that would retire from politics. He was seen by some political analysts at the time as a potential contender in a future leadership election. However, some members of the Liberals thought that he could replace Jean Charest, then-premier.
Coalition Avenir Québec
In February 2011, François Legault co-founded with Charles Sirois a new political movement called the “Coalition pour l’avenir du Québec” (“Coalition for the Future of Quebec”). In November 2011 it became an official party under the name Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ). The CAQ aims to bring together like-minded voters in a single party regardless of their views on Quebec nationalism, Quebec federalism and Quebec autonomism.
In a break with his sovereigntist past, Legault promised that a CAQ government will never hold a referendum on sovereignty. Soon after retiring from politics, he had resigned from the PQ as well after becoming disenchanted with sovereigntism. He now believes Quebec belongs within Canada but has vowed that a CAQ government would “explore all options” to defend Quebec’s interests and demand greater power.
The party finished third in the 2012 general election, winning 19 seats and 27.05% of the vote. In the 2014 general election, the CAQ finished third again but increased their seat count to 22.
In the 2018 general election on October 1, Legault led the CAQ to a gain of 53 seats for a total of 74, vaulting the CAQ from third place to a majority of 11 and becoming the Premier of Quebec. He is the first premier in 48 years to not hail from the Liberals or Parti Québécois, and the province’s first centre-right premier since the Union Nationale’s last government left office in 1970.
Premier of Quebec
François Legault was sworn in as Premier of Quebec on October 18, 2018, marking the end of nearly 50 years of Liberal and Parti Québécois rule in the province. Having run on the platform during the 2018 election, on March 28, 2019, the Quebec government tabled its long-awaited secularism bill. Bill 21, entitled “An Act respecting the laicity of the State”, if made law, would ban public workers in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols.
This would include any public employee who carries a weapon, including police officers, courthouse constables, bodyguards, prison guards and wildlife officers, as well as Crown prosecutors, government lawyers and judges, school principals, vice-principals and teachers.
The government has said that it would invoke section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the notwithstanding clause) so as to prevent it from being overturned by the courts.
The bill passed on June 17 by a 73–35 vote, with the backing of the Parti Québécois while the Liberals and Quebec solidaire were opposed. The Coalition Avenir Quebec government also introduced a last-minute amendment toughening the law, making provisions for a minister to verify that it is being obeyed and to demand corrective measures if necessary.
Under Legault CAQ government, he has decreased immigration numbers to 40,000 in 2019, and he has also 2019 introduced a values test for immigrants. Legault apologized to First Nations and Inuit people in October 2019 for the discrimination they suffered in dealing with the state, noting the Province of Quebec had failed in its duty to them. He acknowledged that apologies are but a first step, and more work needs to be done to break down barriers and rectify long-standing problems.
During the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, François Legault organized daily press conferences with Director of Public Health Horacio Arruda and Minister of Health Danielle McCann, starting March 12, to encourage the population to stay home and keep hygiene measures that would help suppress the spread of the virus. In May, Canada’s chief science adviser, Mona Nemer, criticized Quebec for its lack of testing and tracing strategy.
In November 2020, Legault announced the government’s plan to tackle climate change, which would involve a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles from 2035 (commercial vehicles and second-hand cars would be exempt). Some experts have said that rather than focusing on electric vehicles, more funds should be committed to public transit and climate change mitigation.
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Legault and his government have promoted a buy local campaign. His government in early 2020 formed an online directory of local Quebec retailers in a website called Le Panier Bleu — or Blue Basket. The aim of Le Panier Bleu is to be a local version and a competitor to Amazon to sell Quebec products. As early as November 2019 Legault supported calls for the creation of a Quebec version of Amazon, which his economy minister described as a way to serve nationalist customers.
François Legault is married to his longtime girlfriend Isabelle Brais, they had their wedding on March 7, 1992, in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. Legault and his wife Isabelle Brais has two children. He was raised in the Montreal suburb of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
François Legault net worth
How much is François Legault worth? François Legault net worth is estimated at around $50 million. His main source of income is from his private businesses. Legault successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. He is one of the richest politicians in Canada. However, Legault has been a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (Order of Chartered Accountants of Québec) since 2000.