Jacques Gourde was first elected as the MP for Lévis–Lotbinière in 2006. He serves as the Quebec Caucus Chair for the Conservative Party as well as the deputy critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Gourde has previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister as well as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, to the Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood and to the Minister of National Revenue. Gourde was also the Parliamentary Secretary for official languages and for l’Agence de développement économique du Canada pour les régions du Québec.
Raised on a dairy farm, Gourde has a diploma in farming management. Before entering politics he was a producer and exporter of hay in Saint-Narcisse-de-Beaurivage. He was a founding member of the Fédération de la relève agricole du Québec, and secretary of the Syndicat de gestion agricole de Beaurivage.
He is a fervent nationalist and believe in individual freedoms and open federalism.
He is married and the father of five children.