Bernard Patry has been the Liberal MP for Pierrefonds-Dollard since 1993.
He was Chair of the Quebec Liberal Caucus from 1995 to 1996. In 1996, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, a mandate which was renewed in 1997.
Since his arrival on Parliament Hill, Mr. Patry has been active on a number of committees, including the Subcommittee on HIV-AIDS, the Standing Committee on Industry, the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, the Standing Committee on Health, and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which he has chaired since 2002. He was also Vice-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Urban Affairs in 2001.
Politics is an integral part of Dr. Patry’s life. At the age of 25, he was a municipal councillor in L’Ile-Bizard and at the age of 26, he was one of the youngest mayors in Quebec. He was re-elected mayor five times and led his city for 18 years.
In March 1998, he was awarded the title of ‘Chevalier’ and in March 2003, the title of ‘Commandeur’ of the Ordre de la Pléiade, which seeks to promote dialogue between francophone cultures.
Before entering political life, Mr. Patry was a general practitioner and one of the founders of the Pierrefonds medical clinic.
Dr. Patry is married to Françoise Haxaire. They have two sons.