Jacques Olivier

Jacques Olivier

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Joseph Mario Jacques Olivier, PC (April 14, 1944), PC (known commonly as Jacques Olivier) (born April 14, 1944) was Mayor of Longueuil, Quebec, and is a former federal politician and labour leader.

Background and early career

A hospital worker in his youth, Olivier was elected president of the trade union local at Charles-LeMoyne Hospital and treasurer of Quebec's National Federation of Hospital Employees. In 1970, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed Olivier as an aide to the Canadian Cabinet on labour relations.

Election to Federal Parliament and Federal political role

In the 1972 election, Olivier was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Longueuil. He served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Labour from 1976 to 1978.

Following the 1980 election, Olivier was elected chair of the Liberal Party's Quebec caucus. In January 1984, Trudeau appointed Olivier to the Cabinet as Minister of State for fitness and amateur sport. Olivier was dropped from Cabinet in June when John Napier Turner became the new prime minister. He was defeated in the subsequent 1984 election.

Business associations

Following his defeat, Olivier established a Ford dealership in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, and soon joined the board of directors of the Corporation des concessionnaires automobiles du Grand Montréal et du Québec.

Longueuil municipal politics

In 1987, he ran to be mayor of Longueuil, but was defeated. He was elected mayor...
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