Pierre Pettigrew was born in Quebec City in 1951. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières in 1972 and a Master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University in 1976.
From 1976 to 1978, Mr. Pettigrew was Director of the NATO Assembly Policy Commission in Brussels. He was subsequently Chief of Staff to Claude Ryan, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party. From 1981 to 1984, he served at the Privy Council Office as a foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau.
He moved to the private sector as an international marketing consultant with Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche as Vice-President from 1985 to 1995.
In January, 1996, Mr. Pettigrew joined the federal government as Minister for International Cooperation. From October 1996 to August 1999, he was Minister of Human Resource Development and Minister with responsibility for La Francophonie.
Appointed Minister for International Trade in August 1999, Mr. Pettigrew played an important role in liberalizing bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade.
In December 2003, Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed Mr. Pettigrew to the positions of Minister of Health, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister responsible for official languages. He is also the Political Minister for Quebec.
Mr. Pettigrew is the author of The New Politics of Confidence, which deals with globalization and the art of governing.