Jacques Saada was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the riding of Brossard-La Prairie in June 1997. He was re-elected in 2000 and 2004.
Since 1997, Mr. Saada has served as Deputy Whip of the Government, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, and as a member of the Board of Internal Economy. From 1998 to 2003, he chaired the Canadian Section of the Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board on Defence.
From 1998 to 2000, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada. In 2003, Mr. Saada was appointed Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister responsible for Democratic Reform. And in 2004, he was given the responsibility of Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Francophonie.
Before entering federal politics, Mr. Saada worked as a teacher and school administrator in Quebec and in France, as a lecturer in translation at Concordia University, as a consultant with the Canadian International Development Agency and as an advisor to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Mr. Saada was CEO of B&B Translations from 1978 to 1993 and president of the consulting firm Polytrad Ltée from 1977 to 1997. He also served as Chair of the St. Lawrence Protestant School Board from 1987 to 1990.
Mr. Saada holds a bachelor's degree in applied linguistics from the Université du Québec à Montréal, a Quebec teacher’s certificate, and a diploma in translation from McGill University. He is married and has four children.
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