2011: The Honourable Stéphane Dion, P.C. , MP

Dr. Sylvia Ostry

The Honourable Stéphane Dion is the Member of Parliament of Saint-Laurent-Cartierville in Montreal, Quebec. Born in Quebec City, Stéphane Dion holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Political Science from Université Laval [Québec, Canada] and a Doctorate in Sociology from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris, France. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Carlos III University of Madrid, he taught Political Science first at Université de Moncton in 1984, and then at Université de Montréal from 1984 to 1995.

As an academic, he has published, taught and spoken publicly in a number of countries. He was Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution [Washington, DC], the Laboratoire d’économie publique de l’Université de Paris, and Ottawa’s Canadian Centre for Management Development.

He was first elected as Federal Member of Parliament for Saint-Laurent-Cartierville in 1996. Between 1996 and 2006, he held three ministerial portfolios under Prime Ministers Chrétien and Martin – Intergovernmental Affairs, Official Languages and Environment – and also held the position of President of the Privy Council. 

His major achievements were the creation of the Forum of Federations, the development and implementation of the Clarity Act and of Canada’s Official Languages Strategy, and “saving” the Kyoto Protocol at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which he chaired in December 2005, in Montreal.

When the Liberal Party became Official Opposition, Stéphane Dion was appointed Foreign Policy Critic. In December 2006, he was elected as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and became Leader of the Official Opposition, holding these positions until 2008. Today, he holds the Saint-Laurent-Cartierville seat which he has won in every election since 1996.

Mr. Dion is married to scholar Janine Krieber. They have one daughter, Jeanne.


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