Jean-Claude Poissant was born in Saint-Philippe, Quebec and has lived there all his life. He is well known as a very active member of the community in La Prairie. In addition to being a former municipal councillor and the Director of the Maison des jeunes de Saint-Philippe, he was also one of the founding members of Maison de répit, a rest home for farmers. He was the fourth generation to operate his family’s dairy and grain farm. A father of two, he is very proud to see his son follow in his footsteps.
Mr. Poissant cares deeply about the interests of farmers in his region and in Quebec. Over the years, he has made a point of educating people of all ages on the importance of agriculture in everyday life, as well as trying to balance the economic development of community with the protection of farmland.
Mr. Poissant has served as a producer-ambassador for the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, and has appeared on numerous television shows. He has been involved for more than 20 years as the Director of the local Union des producteurs agricoles. He has also been the president of the Syndicat du lait and the driving force behind the Guide du bon voisinage en milieu rural (good neighbours’ guide for rural communities). Mr. Poissant was the director of the Société d’agriculture de La Prairie and the Coopérative Internet Saint-Mathieu. In addition, as the president of Au cœur des familles agricoles, Mr. Poissant was heavily involved in creating Quebec’s first respite centre for farmers.
He is currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.