Biography of Christine St-Pierre

Photo de la ministre Christine St-Pierre - Courtoisie Parti libéral du Québec

Christine St-Pierre was born in St. Roch des Aulnaies, Québec, in 1953, to a family of poultry farmers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick.

In 1976, she began a career as a radio and television journalist for Radio-Canada, working in several cities around the country, including Moncton, Montréal, Québec City and Ottawa. Ms. St-Pierre was also a correspondent in Washington.

In 2007, after more than 30 years in journalism, Ms. St-Pierre decided to enter politics and joined the Québec Liberal Party led by Premier Jean Charest. As a member of the first gender-balanced cabinet, she headed the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine until 2012, in addition to being responsible for the application of the Charter of the French Language. She was also a member of the Comité ministériel du développement social, éducatif et culturel. After two years in the opposition, her political party was re-elected to power in 2014 under the leadership of Premier Philippe Couillard. Ms. St-Pierre returned to the cabinet as Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Laurentides Region. She is also a member of the Comité ministériel de l’économie, de la création d’emplois et du développement durable, and a member of the Conseil du trésor.

Her major achievements include incorporating gender equality into the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, reforming the Cultural Heritage Act, modernizing legislation governing Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec1, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC2), Télé-Québec and Place des Arts3, as well as updating the Status of the Artist Act. In addition, she contributed to the creation of the Québec Capital Culture Fund, a $100 million fund intended to support Québec cultural organizations interested in exporting their projects. In June 2017, Ms. St-Pierre launched Québec’s new International Policy.

Ms. St-Pierre is married to author Jean-Pierre Plante. She is the recipient of l’Ordre du mérite des diplômés et diplômées de l’Université de Moncton4 as well as having received the Phénicia prize in 2017 in the “political personality” category.

Biographical notes

1 Québec council which supports creation, experimentation and production in all regions of Québec and to foster the diffusion thereof in Québec.

2 The SODEC is dedicated to the promotion and support of Quebec's culture. To such ends, it provides public financing to Quebec industries in cultural sectors.

3 Place des Arts is a major performing arts centre in Montréal, Québec, and the largest cultural and artistic complex in Montréal.

4 Moncton’s University Order of Merit for graduates.

Last update: 2017-11-06