Me Véronique Hivon
An active and engaged citizen, Me Véronique Hivon is a guest professor at the Department of Political Science of the Université de Montréal and a former minister and member of the Quebec National Assembly for Joliette.
Three things to know about Me Véronique Hivon
The most memorable book she’s read: Immortality" by Milan Kundera
The people she would most like to dine with: Simone Veil, René Lévesque and Voltaire
The 1995 referendum was the historical event of the most importance to her, because it was an extremely powerful democratic event of a fundamental political issue
Véronique Hivon is convinced that Éducaloi, with its accessible nature, is fundamental to the democratization of legal knowledge and education. In fact, when she was the Parti Québécois’ Member of Parliament for Joliette, she recommended Éducaloi and its wealth of information to citizens around her. It was then that she realized the impact it had on their lives.
Me Hivon has degrees in civil law and common law from McGill University and a master’s degree in social policy analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her determination has led to many accomplishments, including the initiative of legislative bills on end-of-life care and medical aid in dying, as well as the first national policy to address homelessness. She’s also paid special attention to people living with autism spectrum disorders or intellectual disabilities, and to the funding of community organizations.
On March 8, 2018, in response to the global #MeToo movement, Me Hivon proposed the creation of a specialized court for sexual and domestic violence in order to restore the confidence of victims in the justice system. In 2021, under her lead, a bill on this subject was introduced and unanimously adopted.