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Suzanne Tremblay

Photograph of Suzanne Tremblay

Member of Parliament

First woman appointed Official Opposition House Leader March 17, 1997.

Born on January 24, 1937, in Montreal, Quebec.


Political Affiliation: Bloc Québécois

Legislative Career: Elected to the House of Commons in the general elections of 1993 for the riding of Rimouski-Témiscouata. Re-elected in the general elections of 1997 for the riding of Rimouski-Mitis.

Appointed Official Opposition Deputy House Leader on February 22, 1996; appointed Official Opposition House Leader for the House of Commons from March 1997 to June 1997. She has been the Official Opposition Deputy House Leader since June 1997.

Honours and Awards: Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade (July 1999)

Ms. Suzanne Tremblay was born and grew up in Montreal. After receiving a BA in family training at the Université de Montréal and in preschool training at Université Laval, she pursued her studies at Tufts University (as a recipient of the "Queen Elizabeth Scholarship") where she earned an MA in preschool education. Following that, she completed a certificate in educational studies at the Université de Lyon and a certificate in child studies at London University.

She began a career as a professor, responsible for training preschool and primary school teachers, at Université Laval from 1961 to 1970 and then, at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (U.Q.A.R.) from 1970 to 1993. In 1981, she became a member of the school board, and in 1982, a member of the executive of the Commission scolaire La Neigette.

Due to her interest in unionism, she created the U.Q.A.R. faculty union. During an interview with Le Droit (October 28, 1996, p. 6 ), she spoke of her entry into politics. "She was primarily interested in preschool education, then in unionism; she learned her trade as a politician thanks to it" and "She entered politics... because it is a demanding trade" [tr]. From the very beginning of her entry into politics, she was quickly noticed by the members of Parliament in the House of Commons and by reporters. An ardent member of Parliament and a tireless worker, she established a reputation as a "straight talking Member of Parliament" (Le Droit, October 28, 1996, p. 6).

At Parliament, she was the spokesperson of the Official Opposition for Canadian Heritage from 1993 to 1995; the spokesperson for research and development in 1996-1997, and again in June 1997 she was named critic of her party for Canadian Heritage until June 30, 1999. During her parliamentary career, she was a member of the Standing Joint Committee on Official Languages and of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Ms. Tremblay is "recognized for her harsh and biting arguments, as well as for her great passion which she demonstrates in the House of Commons" [tr] (Liaison, No. 78, September 15, 1994, p. 12).

In July 1999, the Assemblée internationale des parlementaires de langue française paid tribute to Ms. Tremblay in Ottawa by bestowing on her the title of Chevalier d'Ordre de la Pléiade.


Caragata, Warren. "Stars on the Hill: ten MPs who excel at winning attention and challenging the Liberal government." Maclean's. Vol. 107, No. 23, June 6, 1994, p. 10-12.

Henrie, Manon. "Entretien : cousins, cousines : comment le Bloc québécois s'y prendrait vis-à-vis des communautés francophones et acadiennes du Canada." Liaison. No. 78, September 15, 1994, p. 12-14, ISSN 0227227X.

Fisher, Douglas. "Unheralded star of the Bloc." Ottawa Sun. May 1, 1994. Comment section, p. 2.

Maltais, Murray. "Suzanne Tremblay : députée du franc-parler." Le Droit. 2nd edition, October 8, 1996, p. 6.

Voisard, Anne-Marie. "Pas faite pour rentrer dans un moule : Suzanne Tremblay, deputée bloquiste, n'est pas une tiède." Le Soleil. September 12, 1998, p. A19.

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