Diane Lebouthillier

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Diane Lebouthillier, the Member of Parliament for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, is a steadfast advocate for her constituents and a champion of coastal preservation and sustainability. Born on February 5, 1959, Lebouthillier’s roots in the Gaspé region run deep, as both of her parents were born there, and they returned when she was four years old.

Lebouthillier’s commitment to public service and community welfare began early in her career. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Université de Moncton, she dedicated over two decades to supporting vulnerable individuals and families as a local social worker, managing clients at the CLSC in Chandler.

Her passion for addressing social issues led her to collaborate closely with long-time Member of the National Assembly, Georges Mamelonet, focusing on improving social services in the region. In 2010, Lebouthillier transitioned into municipal politics, serving as the Prefect of Le Rocher-Percé Regional County Municipality, where she continued to advocate for the needs of her community.

In 2015, Lebouthillier entered federal politics, winning the riding of Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine in the federal election. Recognizing her dedication and leadership, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed her as the Minister of National Revenue in his Cabinet, where she served diligently until July 2023.

Lebouthillier’s unwavering commitment to coastal communities and marine conservation led to her appointment as the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard in July 2023. In this role, she works tirelessly to protect Canada’s marine resources, promote sustainable fishing practices, and support the livelihoods of coastal residents.

Beyond her political duties, Lebouthillier remains deeply involved in her community, serving on various boards and advocating for initiatives that benefit the region. As a proud mother of three sons and grandmother of two grandsons, she understands the importance of building a better future for the next generation.

Diane Lebouthillier’s leadership and dedication to Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine have earned her the respect and admiration of her constituents, making her a prominent figure in both local and national politics. As she continues to champion the interests of coastal communities, her legacy as a tireless advocate for social justice and environmental stewardship remains unparalleled.