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Benoît Bouchard

Benoît Bouchard
Canadian commissioner at the International Joint Commission Canada United States on Boundary Waters
Assumed office
Chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada
In office
Member of Parliament
for Roberval
In office
September 4, 1984 – June 17, 1993
Preceded bySuzanne Beauchamp-Niquet
Succeeded byMichel Gauthier
Personal details
Born (1940-04-16) April 16, 1940 (age 84)
Roberval, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Occupationteacher, public official, politician

Benoît Bouchard PC CM (French pronunciation: [bənwa buʃaʁ]; born April 16, 1940) is a Canadian public official and former politician.


After a career as a professor and teacher, Bouchard was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Roberval in the 1984 election. He was immediately elevated to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's Cabinet as Minister of State for Transport.

In 1985, he was promoted to Secretary of State for Canada. He subsequently served as Minister of Employment and Immigration (June 30, 1986 – March 30, 1988), Minister of Transport (March 31, 1988 – February 22, 1990), Minister of Industry, Science and Technology (February 23, 1990 – April 20, 1991), and Minister of National Health and Welfare (April 21, 1991 – June 1993).

In 1989, the federal budget mandated fiscal cuts to a broad range of departments and agencies, one of which was Bouchard's ministry at Transport Canada. As part of his department's efforts to cut its budget, Bouchard authorized Transport Canada to slash the subsidy to the national intercity passenger railway, Via Rail by 55%. Responding to the cuts, Bouchard said in a television interview several weeks later: "Ten years from now, no one will remember Benoît Bouchard cut Via Rail".[1]

He retired from politics in June 1993 to accept an appointment as Canada's Ambassador to France.

In 1996, Bouchard returned to Canada and was appointed Chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada by Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He oversaw the Canadian portion of the investigation of the Swissair Flight 111 air crash. He retired from the board in 2001.

In 2012, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[2] Since 2013, Benoit Bouchard is Canadian commissioner at the International Joint Commission Canada United States on Boundary Waters.


  1. ^ Bouchard, Benoît; Pamela Wallin (February 1990). "Interview by Pamela Wallin with Minister of Transport Benoit Bouchard". Question Period. CTV News.
  2. ^ "Appointments to the Order of Canada". Governor General of Canada. 20 September 2017.
Diplomatic posts Preceded byClaude Talbot Charland Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France 1993–1996 Succeeded byJacques Silva Roy
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