Masse assumes Communications portfolio

for third time

Departmental employees welcomed back the Honourable Marcel Masse as Minister of Communications on January 30, as a new Cabinet was sworn in to begin the work of the govern­ment's second mandate. For Mr. Masse, it was a return to a portfolio he knows well, having served as Minister of Commu­nications from September 17, 1984 to September 26, 1985 and from November 30, 1985 to June 30, 1986.


In his capacity as Minister of Communications, Mr. Masse will chair the new Cabinet Committee on Cultural Affairs and National Identity and serve as Vice­Chairman of the Cabinet Com­mittee on Communications. He has also been appointed member of four other Cabinet Com­mittees: Priorities and Planning, Economic Policy, Federal­Provincial Relations and the Trade Executive Committee.


 Elected Progressive Conserv­ative Member of Parliament for the riding of Frontenac, September 4, 1984, he was appointed Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources on June 30, 1986 after serving as Minister of Communications.


 Holder of degrees in education and psychology from the École normale Jacques­Cartier, Mr. Masse has also studied contemporary history (University of Montreal), political science (Institut des sciences politiques in Paris), French civilization (the Sorbonne), political and economic history of the Commonwealth (City of London College) and inter­national marketing (European Institute of Business Adminis­tration in Fontainebleau). 


Mr. Masse was a Member of the National Assembly and minister in the Quebec govern­ment from 1966 to 1973. As a member of the Union Nationale government led by the Honourable Daniel Johnson, Mr. Masse was, at that time, the youngest minister in the history of Quebec politics when appointed Minister of State for  Education in 1966 at the age of 30. He also held the portfolios of Minister delegated to receive foreign heads of state at Expo 67, Minister responsible for the Public Service, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Planning and Development.


After leaving provincial politics, Mr. Masse became director of the engineering firm Lavalin, where he held the positions of project director for the United Nations Development Program (a two-year assignment in Africa) and vice-president of marketing and commercial development in Canada.


Throughout his career, Mr. Masse has shown a strong commitment to community and cultural affairs. He has been a director of many organi­zations, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Writers' Foundation, the Canadian Refugee Foundation, The Lanaudière Summer Festival and the Théâtre du Noveau Monde.


Mr. Masse was born in The Joliette region of Quebec, in 1936. He is married and has two children.


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