Mr. Ouimet, who was born in Montreal on August 20, 1959, holds university degrees in literature, civil law and common law. After obtaining three Bachelor’s degrees and one Master’s degree, Mr. Ouimet became a member of the Quebec Bar in 1989 and began practicing business law in Montreal.
On September 12, 1994, Mr. Ouimet was elected for the first time as a Member of the National Assembly, representing the riding of Marquette as a member of the Quebec Liberal Party’s caucus. He has since been re-elected by the voters in his riding to six consecutive mandates.
Since 1994, the MNA for Marquette has held several key parliamentary functions. He served as Official Opposition Critic in important portfolios such as elementary and secondary education, justice, the Access to Information Committee, Greater Montreal and government services. Mr. Ouimet also chaired the Committee on Planning and the Public Domain, the Select Committee to study the draft bill to replace the Quebec Election Act, and the Committee on Labour and the Economy. From 1999 to 2003, he served as Vice-Chair of the National Assembly Delegation for Relations with Bavaria. Mr. Ouimet also acted as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport (from 2007 to 2008) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice (from 2009 to 2011). He also served as a member of the Citizen Relations Committee and the Select Committee on Dying with Dignity. François Ouimet has served as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly since April 5, 2011.
Mr. Ouimet is particularly committed to working to facilitate and improve the National Assembly’s relations with other Canadian provinces and with the United States. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the National Assembly Delegation for Relations with the United States, and a member of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments (co-chairing the Canada – US Relations Committee).
François Ouimet was well known for his commitment to the well-being of his fellow citizens, particularly in his capacity as Chair of the Montreal Catholic School Commission and as a delegate of the school board and the Conseil scolaire de l’Île de Montréal.