Premier of Québec Member of the National Assembly Leader of the Quebec Liberal Parti
Philippe Couillard was born to a Québec-born father and a French mother in Montreal on June 26, 1957.
Doctor at the age of 22, he became a neurosurgeon at 28. He began his practice at the Department of Neurosurgery at Hôpital Saint-Luc in Montreal, where he was appointed Director in 1989. In 1992, he co-founded the Dhahran Department of Neurosurgery in Saudi Arabia. He returned to Canada in 1996 and taught at the Factuly of Medicine of the Université de Sherbrooke until 2003. At the time, he was Chief Surgeon and Director of the Department of Surgery at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke.
M. Couillard was first elected Member of the National Assembly (MNA) in 2003. As the representative for the riding of Mont-Royal, and then for Jean-Talon in 2007, he became Minister of Health and Social Services, and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region. He retired from politics in 2008, only to return in October 2012 for the Québec Liberal Party (QLP) leadership campaign. On March 17, 2013, he became leader of the QLP, and then representative of Outremont and Leader of the Official Opposition in the National Assembly in December of the same year.
Following the general election of April 7, 2014, he became the MNA for the riding of Roberval, and Premier of Québec.