He was elected in the Bonaventure—Îles-de-la-Madeleineelectoral district under the Liberal party in the 1993 federal election, thus he served in the 35th Canadian Parliament. During that time he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, Herb Gray (Gray subsequently became Deputy Prime Minister). He was also co-chair of the Joint Senate-House of Commons Committee on Official Languages. His committee work included the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Standing Committee on Justice and the National Security Sub-Committee. He also served on the Special Task Force on Aqua-culture, the Ministerial Task Force on Youth and the Ministerial Task Force on the Future of Canadian National Railway.