Jacques Saada

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The Honourable Jacques Saada, PC, MP (born November 22, 1947) is a Canadian Cabinet minister and politician.

Saada is a teacher and linguist by profession and was Chief Executive Officer of a translation firm, a consultant and a lecturer in translation prior to entering politics.

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) from the Quebec riding of Brossard—La Prairie in the 1997 federal election. He served as Deputy Government Whip from 2001 to 2003. When Paul Martin became Prime Minister of Canada in December 2003, he appointed Saada to the Cabinet as Minister Responsible for Democratic Reform and Government House Leader.

Following the 2004 election with the election of a Liberal minority government, Saada was transferred to the positions of Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for La Francophonie.

Saada was born in Tunis, Tunisia to a Sephardic family. In the 2004 election his campaign was the target of anti-Semitic graffiti, letters and phone calls.

27th Ministry - Government of Paul Martin
Cabinet Posts (2)
Minister of State
styled as
Minister of the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

(2004-)
Minister of State
styled as
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
(2003-2004)
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Preceded by:
Denis Coderre
Minister responsible for La Francophonie
(2004-)
Succeeded by:
(incumbent)
Preceded by:
Position created
Minister responsible for Democratic Reform
(2003-2004)
Succeeded by:
Mauril Bélanger
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Preceded by:
Don Boudria
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
(2003-2004)
Succeeded by:
Tony Valeri
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