Maxime Arseneau

Maxime Arseneau (born November 24, 1949 in Havre-aux-Maisons, Québec) is a Quebec politician, radio host and teacher. He is the current Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Iles-de-la-Madeleine. He represents the Parti Québécois and was a former Minister in the Cabinets of Former Premiers Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry.

Arseneau went at the Université de Montréal and obtained a bachelor's degree in history and later received a certificate in Science education at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1979. He then became a history and economics teacher for nearly 15 years. He was later an assistant director at the Service of Continuous Formation at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles for 10 years.

He would also host a show at CIFM Radio communautaire, a community radio station and would be active in politics being the president of the Parti Québécois in the Iles de la Madeleine region twice, while he was the vice-president of the YES committee in the 1995 referendum.

Arsenault was first elected as an MNA for Iles de la Madeleine in 1998 and was named the Delegate Minister for Tourism and the Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region. After Bernard Landry replaced Lucien Bouchard as Premier of Quebec, Arsenault was named in 2001 the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Arsenault was re-elected in 2003 and 2007. He is the PQ's critic in agriculture, fisheries and food.

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