Stéphane Dion is the Liberal Member of Parliament for SaintLaurent and Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dion was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1996 in the riding of Saint-Laurent–Cartierville.
Between 1996 and 2003 Dion served as of Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. In this role, Dion’s main priority was promoting national unity after the 1995 Québec referendum. Dion presented three questions to the Supreme Court and authored the Clarity Act in response. The Act lays out guidelines for any future referendum.
As Minister he was also responsible for Official Languages.
As Minister of the Environment from 2004 to 2005 under Prime Minister Paul Martin, Dion secured one of the greenest budgets in the history of Canada and contributed to the rescue of the Kyoto Protocol while chairing the UN Conference on Climate Change, held in Montreal in 2005.
In 2006 Dion was elected Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition. Following the 2008 election, he resigned as leader but retained his seat as Member of Parliament for Saint-Laurent-Cartierville.
Born in Quebec City, Dion studied at Université Laval before obtaining a Doctorate in Sociology from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris, France. Before entering politics, Dion taught public administration and political science at the Université de Montréal from 1984 to 1996. He lectured at the Université de Moncton in 1984, was a visiting professor at the Brookings Institution in Washington, at the Laboratoire d’économie politique in Paris and at the Canadian Centre for Management Development in Ottawa. He has authored many publications.
Dion was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Carlos III University of Madrid and was the recipient of the 2011 Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership. Dion also sits on the External Advisory Board of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute.
Mr. Dion is married to Janine Krieber, a political scientists who studies terrorism and international security. Together they have one daughter.