J. Michel Doyon

His Honour the Honourable
J. Michel Doyon
29th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
Assumed office
24 September 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General David Johnston
Premier Philippe Couillard
Preceded by Pierre Duchesne
Personal details
Born (1943-04-22) April 22, 1943
Quebec City, Quebec
Spouse(s) Pauline Théberge
Alma mater Laurentian University
Laval University
Profession Lawyer, historian, professor and author

J. Michel Doyon QC is a former head of the Quebec Bar and the viceregal representative of Queen Elizabeth II of Canada in the province of Quebec. He assumed office on 24 September 2015.[1]


Doyon is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts from the Laurentian University, a Licentiate in Law, a Master of Arts in History and a Doctorate in History from Laval University.[1][2] Before practicing the law, he taught at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy and lectured at Laurentian University, Laval University and the Bar School of the Barreau du Québec.

Doyon practiced law at Gagné, Letarte for more than 30 years, with extensive experience in business law and commercial arbitration. He has also served as President of the Barreau.

Doyon was appointed Queen's Counsel and has served as Honorary Colonel of 3 Wing Bagotville. He is a governor of that regiment.[3] He is also an Advocatus Emeritus of the Barreau du Québec and a Knight of Justice and Vice-Prior of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.[4] He received medals, such as the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[2]

On 21 July 2015, he was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the next Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, replacing outgoing Lieutenant Governor Pierre Duchesne.[3][4] Doyon recited his oath as the new lieutenant governor on 24 September 2015, in the Legislative Council chamber of the Parliament of Québec, in a ceremony that was boycotted by the opposition Parti Québécois.[5][6]


Ribbon bars of the Honourable J. Michel Doyon


  1. 1 2 "J. Michel Doyon est le nouveau lieutenant-gouverneur du Québec". Journal de Montréal. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-22. (French)
  2. 1 2 Biography on the Prime Minister's website
  3. 1 2 "J.Michel Doyon appointed new Lieutenant Governor of Quebec". CBC. July 21, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  4. 1 2 "PM Announces J. Michel Doyon as Lieutenant Governor of Quebec". Prime Minister's official website. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/index.html Cérémonie de prestation de serments du 29e lieutenant-gouverneur, M. J. Michel Doyon (Sur invitation) / Salle du Conseil législatif (1.183), Hôtel du Parlement
  6. http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2015/09/29/003-lieutenant-gouverneur-parti-quebecois-bergeron-doyon.shtml Le PQ rappelle au lieutenant-gouverneur son rôle purement symbolique

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