Former Liberal Minister Yvon Picotte has died

Louiseville politician Yvon Picotte has died at the age of 83. Liberal MP for Maskinongé from 1973 to 1994, he spent 21 years in the National Assembly of Quebec. He was elected five times in the governments led by Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson, governments in which he occupied different ministries for almost ten years.

A decade of ministries

After wearing the hat of deputy whip of the official opposition between 1981 and 1985, he effectively crossed over to the side of power and never left it, taking on ministries within the Liberal Party of Quebec between 1985 and 1994.

The politician has in turn been Minister of Leisure, Hunting and Fishing, Minister Delegate for Fisheries, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food, then Minister Delegate for Regional Affairs.

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Yvon Picotte was a minister for several years under Liberal governments.

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Yvon Picotte did not run for re-election in 1994, but did not leave politics, having branched off towards the Democratic Action of Quebec (ADQ), the party he chaired from 2004 to 2006, before becoming director of the party’s electoral committee during the March 2007 elections.

In 2020, he briefly returned to the fold PLQtime to support the candidacy of Dominique Anglade, as candidate for party leadership.

Life before politics

Yvon Picotte was born in Louiseville on October 27, 1941 and studied in Mauricie until his studies in pedagogy and administration at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR).

However, it was as a teacher at the Escale secondary school in Louiseville that he began his professional life in 1966, continuing on the path of education as assistant director and director of adult education at this secondary school, then as director of adult education at École Sainte-Ursule, this time in Trois-Rivières. Education occupied him until he entered politics in 1973.

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Yvon Picotte was notably president of the Louiseville Buckwheat Galette Festival. (Archive photo)

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It was also in Louiseville that he had a professional break in the media, as a columnist for the weekly newspaper The Echo of Louiseville, and that he was involved in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Club Richelieu and the Knights of Columbus.

Yvon Picotte also had a vast community career to his credit, notably as head of the charity campaign for the Fondation Des Oeuvres in 1967 and president of the Marriage Preparation Service between 1966 and 1969. Furthermore, he was churchwarden of Louiseville and member of the liturgy committee between 1967 and 1970.

Life after politics

Once politics was behind him, Yvon Picotte became involved again in the community sphere, taking charge of the Pavillon du nouveau point de vie detoxification center in Lanoraie.

>>Yvon Picotte speaking while seated at a table with a microphone.>>

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Yvon Picotte notably worked as a minister under Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson.

Photo: Radio-Canada

However, in recent years, it is more as president of the board of directors of the RCM Group, in Yamachiche, that he has been busy, in addition to his 15 years of presidency at the head of the Festival de la galette de Louiseville , an event that he held dear all his life and to which he first contributed as a member of parliament.

His daughter posted a message from him on her Facebook account

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