Born on July 17, 1939, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Andrée Champagne studied at the Notre-Dame de Lorette Convent. She has a diploma in music (piano and organ) from the Music College of Saint-Hyacinthe, an institution affiliated to the University of Montreal. During 28 years, she worked in communications, more specifically in performing arts.
Over the years, the public appreciated her talent on TV, in many prestige programs such as Les Belles Histoires des Pays d’en Haut. Mrs. Champagne participated to many teleplays and radioplays, in English and French. Moreover, she hosted many radio shows for CBC AM and FM, and acted in many plays.
Andrée Champagne has many social activities. She was the first woman to preside the fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society in Quebec. She was member of the Board, Vice-president and Executive Secretary of the Artists Union. She was founding President of “Chez-nous des artistes”. Mrs. Champagne is a member of the Arts and Culture Council of the City of Saint-Hyacinthe. She also was Secretary of the Bureau of Governors and the Management Committee of the 250th Celebration of Saint-Hyacinthe.
Mother of two children, she is also the proud grandmother of a little girl. For more than 25 years, she has been living with the pianist and teacher André Sébastien Savoie.
On September 4, 1984, Andrée Champagne was elected at the House of Commons to represent the riding of Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot (Quebec). On September 17, she was sworn at the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and became Minister of State for Youth. In 1986, after the International Youth Year, she became Vice-president of the House of Commons Plenary Committees.
Reelected in 1988, she was Vice-president of the House and President of the Plenary Committees. She also was President of the Canadian Section of the International Association of French-Speaking Parliamentarians until November 1993. In 1991, she became Commander of l’Ordre de la Pléiade, an order of the Francophonie for intercultural dialogue.