Lucienne Robillard, who is a native of Montreal, has a Master’s degree in social services from the University of Montreal and an MBA from Montreal’s École des Hautes Études Commerciales.
Lucienne Robillard had a distinguished career in Quebec’s health and social service system from 1967 to 1978. She worked as a facilitator for young people in a kibbutz in Israel. She also served as a ‘curatrice publique’(public trustee) in Quebec from 1986 to 1989.
Ms. Robillard was elected as the member for Chambly at the Quebec National Assembly in 1989, where she held a number of portfolios, cultural affairs, higher education and science, education and science, as well as health and social services.
Lucien Robillard was first elected to the House of Commons in 1995, representing the riding of Saint-Henri — Westmount. She was appointed Minister of Labour and minister responsible for the federal campaign in the Quebec referendum. In 1996, she became Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Co-Chair of the Election Platform Committee. On August 3, 1999, she was appointed President of Treasury Board and minister responsible for the infrastructure program, a position she held until December 2003.
On December 12, 2003, she was appointed Minister of Industry and minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.