Government House Leader and Minister responsible for Democratic Reform, Jacques Saada was first elected in June 1997. Mr. Saada has served as Deputy Government Whip, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Business and is also a member of the Board of Internal Economy.
From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Saada was Chair of the Canada-United States Joint Standing Defense Commission.
From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Saada was Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General for Canada. Before his election to the House of Commons, Mr. Saada was a teacher and school trustee in Quebec and France, a lecturer in linguistics at Concordia University, a consultant to the Canadian International Development Agency, and an advisor to the Minister of Fisheries.
Mr. Saada was CEO of B&B Translation from 1978 to 1993, and president of the translation and consultancy firm Polytrad Ltée from 1977 to 1997. He was also Chair of the St. Lawrence Protestant School Board from 1987 to 1990.
Mr. Saada has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Quebec in Montreal, a Quebec teaching licence and a diploma in translation from McGill University. He is married with four children.