Denis Coderre was first elected as a member of Parliament in 1997 representing the riding of Bourassa, located in Montreal North. He entered cabinet in August 1999 when he was appointed Secretary of State for Amateur Sport. He was re-elected in the November 2000 election. In January 2002, was appointed Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
On December 12, 2003, Prime Minister Paul Martin invited Mr. Coderre to join his new cabinet as President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada where he is responsible for a number of files, such as the creation of the new public service human resources management agency.
He is also the federal spokesperson with Métis and non-status Indians, as well as being the minister responsible for la Francophonie and the settlement of issues concerning aboriginal resident schools.
As Minister of Immigration, Mr. Coderre supervised the application of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which came into effect on June 28, 2002.
As Secretary of State for Amateur Sport, Mr. Coderre sucessfully negotiated a number of national and international agreements and helped to establish the World Anti-Doping Agency in Montreal.
Mr. Coderre is a political science graduate from the University of Montreal. His wife Chantal Renaud and he have two children, Geneviève and Alexandre.