Originally from the Magdalen Islands, Jean Lapierre studied law at the University of Ottawa and was admitted to the Quebec Bar. Mr. Lapierre is also a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council.
While still at university, Mr. Lapierre began his political career. Between 1974 and 1979, he was special assistant to the minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs and executive assistant to the Hon. André Ouellet, Minister of State for Urban Affairs.
He was elected as the Liberal member for Shefford and sat in the House of Commons from 1979 to 1990. He served as parliamentary secretary to a number of ministers, such as the minister of State for Youth, Fitness and Amateur Sport, and was Opposition critic for foreign trade, economic development, and constitutional affairs.
Following the failure of the Meech Lake accord, Mr. Lapierre sat as an independent and subsequently joined the ad hoc temporary rainbow coalition that was the Bloc Québecois at the time. He left active politics two years later.
In 1992, Mr. Lapierre became a radio host with CKAC, a position he held until recently. In 2001, he also became a presenter for the main news program of TQS. His skills as a political analyst make him a much sought-after speaker and consultant.
With the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin taking over the leadership of the Liberal party, Mr. Lapierre returned to political life, becoming the prime minister’s Quebec Lieutenant and the Liberal candidate for the riding of Outremont.