As part of the Heritage portfolio, Library and Archives Canada now has new political leadership in the Cabinet shuffle, Heritage Minister Pascal St-Onge.
Who is she?
MP for Brome—Missisquoi, Quebec, Pascal St-Onge previously had the roles of Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
Over the past decade, Minister St-Onge served as Secretary General then President of the Fédération nationale des communications et de la culture, where she worked to address the challenges facing the media, newspapers, and the cultural sector. In this role, she oversaw expert studies aimed at developing public policies, participated in the creation and adoption of programs to support the print media, and contributed to the implementation of policies and programs designed to help the media and cultural sectors adapt to shifts brought about by digital platforms. In addition, she was instrumental in the purchase of the Groupe Capitales Médias and its transformation into a cooperative that allowed its daily newspapers to survive and continue their mission.
Minister St-Onge holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a certificate in journalism from the Université de Montréal. She also enjoyed a career as a musician for many years.
Minister St-Onge has lived in Orford, Quebec, since 2018.
Ms St-Onge is another in a long line of Ministers whose primary interest is culture.