Marc-André Bédard, Ad.E., retired lawyer

« The future is in the hands of those who will be able to provide valid reasons for living and hoping to future generations. »
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1960, Marc-André Bédard practiced his profession until his election to the Quebec National Assembly as the member for Chicoutimi in 1973.

In 1976, he was appointed Minister of Justice, Attorney General, and Solicitor in the first cabinet formed by the Honourable René Lévesque. He also assumed the chairmanship of the Quebec Government's Legislation Committee.

As Minister of Justice in the Quebec Government, Marc-André Bédard presided over the creation of the Judicial Council and established a new way of appointing judges. He also introduced significant amendments to the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms regarding sexual orientation, disability programs, and equal opportunity. He tabled a law in the National Assembly establishing a new Civil Code for Quebec that reformed family law and confirmed the equality of spouses under the law.

Mr. Bédard was responsible for the passing of several other laws, and also served as leader and Deputy Prime Minister of the province.

Marc-André Bédard was awarded the Fight Against Homophobia award by Fondation Emergence du Quebec. He also received the Medal of Merit from the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean Bar Association, and in 2007 he was awarded the title of Lawyer Emeritus by the Quebec Bar.

In a special publication commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2010, Chatelaine magazine recognized his contribution to the advancement of laws concerning women's rights in Quebec.

In 2013 he was made an officer of Ordre National du Québec for his impressive professional career and social advocacy.

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Admitted to the Bar in
1960


Qualifications

Licenciate in Law