Lucien Bouchard is a partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy and Mining practices. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bouchard had a distinguished legal diplomatic and political career. With this wide experience, Mr. Bouchard’s active involvement in the business community includes advising large corporations on strategic issues and policy matters as well as acting as negotiator and mediator for significant disputes of all kinds.
After three years as Canada’s Ambassador to France (1985-1988), Mr. Bouchard was appointed Secretary of State for Canada and subsequently elected as a Member of Parliament. Following his re-election, Mr. Bouchard became Minister of Environment in the Canadian government and served on several cabinet committees. In 1990, after he resigned as Minister of Environment and left the Conservative caucus, he sat in the House of Commons as an independent and founded the Bloc Québécois. Following the federal election in 1993, Mr. Bouchard became the Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.
In January of 1996, Mr. Bouchard resigned from federal politics and as leader of the Opposition Party in the House of Commons, and was sworn in as Premier of Québec, then re-elected in a subsequent election. Mr. Bouchard served as Premier until his resignation in 2001 and his decision to leave the political arena and return to the practice of law.
Prior to his political career, Lucien Bouchard practised with a private law firm, pleading corporate and commercial cases before the courts at all levels. From 1970 to 1985, he was a member or leader of various committees for the Québec Bar. During this time, he also served on commissions and agencies focused on labour relations and other subjects. He was, namely, the Senior Chairperson of the arbitration tribunals in the education sector, Chief Counsel for the Cliche Commission on Québec’s construction industry, and a member of the Martin-Bouchard Commission on the public and parapublic sectors.
On May 30, 2002, Mr. Bouchard was awarded “Commandeur de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur” by the French Government. On June 19, 2008, he was awarded “Grand Officier of the Ordre national du Québec” by the Québec Government.
On April 7, 2000, Lucien Bouchard received a Doctorate Honoris causa of Law from the Université Lumière (Université Lyon 2). On October 5, 2006, he received a second Doctorate Honoris causa of Law, this time from the Law Faculty of the Université de Montréal, and on April 27, 2007, a third Doctorate Honoris causa from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC).