David Payne (politician)

David Payne (Politician)

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David Payne (politician)

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David Payne (born January 12, 1944 in Middlesbrough, England) is a politician and former member of the National Assembly of Quebec, Canada, from the constituency of Vachon. During his time in the National Assembly he was the only anglophone MNA within the Parti Québécois parliamentary caucus, and advocated anglophone rights in a new Québec Constitution.

Payne was raised in Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire. A keen sportsman, he graduated with a degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University and earned a diploma in sociology at the Université catholique de Louvain. His Doctoral studies (IP) are in the field of democratization in post-conflict societies.


In the 1970s, he was appointed Directeur Général du Centre d'accueil des immigrants, then taught at Vanier College, being appointed in 1976 as Executive Secretary in the Executive Council of Quebec premier René Lévesque. He wrote "Autant de façons d'être Québécois", and headed up the public hearings into the future of the Anglophone community of the Lower North Shore producing "La Basse-Cote Nord- perspectives et développement", referred to as the Payne Report.

He was appointed Secretary to the Commission of Enquiry on the mining disaster of Belmoral in northern Quebec in 1979, and occupied senior positions both in the private sector in Quebec public service.

He was elected to the provincial legislature as the Member for the new district of Vachon...
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