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Daniel Johnson Jr.

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Daniel Johnson Jr.
Johnson at the Quebec Liberal Party Leadership Convention in 2013
25th Premier of Quebec
In office
January 11, 1994 – September 26, 1994
MonarchElizabeth II
Lieutenant GovernorMartial Asselin
DeputyMonique Gagnon-Tremblay
Preceded byRobert Bourassa
Succeeded byJacques Parizeau
Leader of the Opposition of Quebec
In office
September 26, 1994 – May 12, 1998
PremierJacques Parizeau
Preceded byJacques Parizeau
Succeeded byMonique Gagnon-Tremblay
Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party
In office
December 14, 1993 – April 30, 1998
Preceded byRobert Bourassa
Succeeded byJean Charest
President of the Treasury Board
In office
June 23, 1988 – January 11, 1994
PremierRobert Bourassa
Vice PresidentMonique Gagnon-Tremblay
Preceded byPaul Gobeil
Succeeded byMonique Gagnon-Tremblay
Minister of Industry and Commerce
In office
December 12, 1985 – June 23, 1988
PremierRobert Bourassa
Preceded byRodrigue Biron
Succeeded byPierre MacDonald
Parliamentary constituencies
Member of the
National Assembly of Quebec
for Vaudreuil
(Vaudreuil-Soulanges; 1981–1989)
In office
April 13, 1981 – May 12, 1998
Preceded byLouise Sauvé Cuerrier
Succeeded byYvon Marcoux
Personal details
Francis Daniel Johnson Jr.

(1944-12-24) December 24, 1944 (age 79)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyQuebec Liberal
Jocelyne Pelchat[1]
(m. 1967; div. 1993)

Suzanne Marcil[2]
(m. 1993)
ParentDaniel Johnson Sr.
RelativesPierre Marc Johnson (brother)
Alma materUniversité de Montréal
University College London
Harvard Business School

Daniel Johnson Jr. GOQ (born December 24, 1944) is a former Canadian politician. He was a member of the Liberal Party of Quebec and was the 25th premier of Quebec for nine months in 1994 until his party's defeat in the provincial general election.[3]

Life and career

Johnson was born in Montreal, Quebec. He is the son of Reine Gagné and Daniel Johnson Sr., who had been the Premier of Quebec from 1966 to his death in 1968, as the leader of the Union Nationale, a conservative political party. His brother is Pierre-Marc Johnson, Parti Québécois leader from 1985 to 1987 and Premier of Quebec from October 3 to December 12, 1985.

Johnson received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Université de Montréal in 1966. He also received LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University College London in 1968 and 1971 respectively, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1973. Johnson immediately began his career in the business world and worked for Power Corporation of Canada from 1973 to 1981. He served as the Vice-President of Power Corp. from 1978 to 1981. During that period, Daniel Johnson was active in the Montreal community, acting as Vice-president of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, and sat on other non-profit boards, such as the Montreal Heart Institute and the Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Political career

Johnson was first elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 1981 Quebec general election. He ran for the 1983 Quebec Liberal Party leadership convention but finished third behind Pierre Paradis and winner Robert Bourassa. He was re-elected in the 1985 election, which brought the Liberals to power. He became Minister of Industry and Commerce in the Quebec government, and was Chairman of the Treasury Board from June 1988 until January 1994.

In January 1994, he became leader of the Quebec Liberal Party and Premier of Quebec following the resignation of Liberal leader Robert Bourassa. He then lost the 1994 provincial election to Jacques Parizeau of the Parti Québécois.

During the 1995 Quebec referendum, he headed the "No" federalist campaign, in opposition to the PQ's proposals for Quebec sovereignty. With the sovereignty campaign leading in polls, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and federal Progressive Conservative leader (and former Deputy Prime Minister) Jean Charest went to the province to help the "No" side campaign. The "No" side narrowly won the referendum.

Johnson served as Liberal party leader and leader of the Opposition until 1998 when he was succeeded by Jean Charest.

Post-political career

Since 1998, Daniel Johnson has acted as senior counsel with the law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP. He is also a director of exp Global Inc., Bombardier Inc., The Great-West Life Assurance Company, The Investors Group, Ecopia Biosciences inc., and is Chairman of the Board of Victhom Human Bionics in Quebec City.

On April 15, 2008, Johnson was appointed to Bank of Canada's board of directors.[4]

Elections as party leader

Johnson lost the 1994 provincial election.


  1. ^ "Enregsitrement de mariage" (in French). Ministry of Health and Social Services. September 9, 1967. Retrieved March 26, 2020 – via Institut généalogique Drouin.
  2. ^ "Declaration of marriage" (in French). Ministry of Health and Social Services. August 27, 1993. Retrieved March 26, 2020 – via Institut généalogique Drouin.
  3. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  4. ^ Former Quebec Premier Named to BOC Board
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