Patrick Gagnon with Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
Patrick Gagnon represented the federal riding of Bonaventure- -Iles-de-la-Madeleine in the House of Commons from 1993 to 1997. During that time he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, the Hon. Herb Gray (Mr. Grey subsequently became Deputy Prime Minister). He was also co-chair of the Joint Senate-House of Commons Committee on Official Languages. His committee work included the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Standing Committee on Justice and the National Security Sub-Committee. He also served on the Special Task Force on Aqua-culture, the Ministerial Task Force on Youth and the Ministerial Task Force on the Future of Canadian National Railway. In 1997, he established the public affairs firm Protocol Strategies and Solutions Inc.
Mr. Gagnon holds a degree in Political Science from McGill University and pursued his studies in literature and international politics at the University of Paris.