Mtre François Casgrain was appointed as Québec Lobbyists Commissioner by the National Assembly on June 11 2010. He had already served as Acting Lobbyists Commissioner since July 6 2009.
Mtre Casgrain is a law graduate of Université Laval in Quebec City and has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1979. Involved in the field of government legal affairs since 1978, he acquired a solid knowledge of the workings of government administration and the legislative process. Until his appointment he had been Assistant to the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and to the Chair of the Commission de la représentation électorale.
He was legislative adviser to the Secrétariat à la législation of the Ministère du Conseil executive from 2001 to 2007.
Mtre Casgrain also acquired vast experience in the municipal field, particularly as Chair of the Commission municipale du Québec from 1998 to 2001. Before that, from 1987 to 1990 he worked for the Ministère des Affaires municipales as legal adviser to the Office of the Minister and the Office of the Deputy Ministers, and to the directors and department heads, interpreting various laws, regulations and legal documents related to the department’s activities.
Mtre Casgrain also developed expertise in the electoral field, acting as Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and as Chairman of the Commission de la représentation électorale from 1997 to 1998, among other capacities. Previously, from 1992 to 1997, he held the positions of Director of Legal Affairs and Assistant to the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and, from 1978 to 1987, served as legal counsel in this institution. At that time he represented the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec at different international seminars held on electoral consultations and democracy in general. He also acted as Head of Mission for the preparatory mission of Programme de formation des formateurs électoraux (FORMEL).
Finally, Mtre Casgrain held the position of Litigator with the Ministère de l’Environnement du Québec from 1990 to 1992.