On December 12, 2003, Hélène Scherrer was appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage. Elected in 2000 as the Liberal member for the riding of Louis-Hébert, Ms. Chalifour Scherrer was the first woman to represent the constituency in 20 years.
In the House of Commons, she sat on two standing committees, namely health and environment. She was a member of the subcommittee on amateur sport and also of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Urban Issues and the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Canada-United States relations. In 2002 and 2003, she chaired the Liberal Caucus Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development and was appointed co-chair of the national pre-election campaign.
Ms. Chalifour Scherrer has worked for a number of Quebec health and social service agencies such as the Quebec Centre for Social Services, Notre-Dame hospital and Montreal’s Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. She was also in charge of public relations and served as director for the Quebec Cancer Foundation.
In 1990, she was elected as a municipal councillor in Sillery. She has also been a member of a number of boards, such as the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes et Saint-Charles Housing Centre and the Lac-Beauport Youth Foundation. She has contributed to the success of Canadian and international sports events, particularly as President of the Quebec 2000 World Junior Alpine Skiing Event.
Ms. Chalifour Scherrer was born in Quebec on July 6, 1950. She is the mother of two children and has a Bachelor’s degree in social services from Laval University.