A respected political figure, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez is the Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier.
He was first elected Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006 and 2008. During these years, he took on many important roles, including Chair of the Standing Committee of Official Languages and Critic for Culture, Official Languages, Economic Development, Public Works and Government Services, and La Francophonie. He also served as the Québec Caucus Chair for several years.
Minister Rodriguez is known for his work to support the fight against climate change, protect and promote culture, and promote official languages and minority rights.
Between 2011 and 2015, Minister Rodriguez worked in the environment sector. In 2015, he was re-elected as the Member for Honoré-Mercier. He was subsequently appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, a role in which he served in until being appointed Chief Government Whip in 2017. As Chief Government Whip, he sat on the Board of Internal Economy and was an invited member on the Cabinet Committee on Open Transparent Government and Parliament.
In 2018, he was appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.
A graduate in business administration, Minister Rodriguez started his career in the field of international development for a Montreal-based NGO. In this role, he was responsible for the management and evaluation of development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The importance he placed on aid to developing countries and the fight against poverty led him to collaborate with many organizations such as Oxfam-Québec, for which he served as Vice-President of the Board for more than four years. He then became Vice-President and Associate of a public affairs firm where he was responsible for numerous projects in Canada and overseas.
Throughout his career, he participated and gave lectures at a number of conferences in various countries on three continents.
Minister Rodriguez is fluent in French and English, as well as Spanish, and is now learning Italian.