Yves-François Blanchet, a native of Drummondville, was appointed Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks on December 4, 2012. After earning a BA in anthropology and history at the University of Montreal, he began his political involvement in 1987 with the Parti Québécois, then led by Jacques Parizeau. Following a hiatus of several years—during which Blanchet founded and ran two companies, taught at the École du Show-Business and became president of ADISQ (a nonprofit organization focused on the music industry in Quebec)—he recommitted himself to politics in 2008 and was elected as a member of the National Assembly for the Johnson district. He has an innate interest in environmental matters and experience as president of two consecutive Earth Days celebrations in Quebec. Minister Blanchet is particularly interested in the growth of a green economy in Quebec.
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