Dr. Gaétan Barrette is Minister of Health and Social Services for the province of Quebec.
Barrette graduated in medicine at the Université de Montréal and is an associate member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He continued postgraduate studies in vascular and interventional radiology in California.
In addition to practising medicine, he has served as president of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec and on the board of directors of the Financière des professionnels.
He has served on the boards of Sogemec Assurances and the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.
Prior to being elected in 2014, Barrette worked at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, where he had been for 24 years.
Previously, Barrette had run in the 2012 election, representing the Coalition Avenir Quebec, finishing second in the Terrebonne riding. In 2014, he ran with the Liberals in La Pinière, and won handily, earning over 58% of the votes. The Coalition’s platform includes policies intended to decentralize health care in the province.
As Minister, Barrette has faced criticism following the government’s decision to eliminate its health watchdog–the health and welfare commission.
Also as Minister, Barrette abolished boards of individual health institutions, and instead combined them into 28 regional boards.