Who is Yvon Pinard?
Pinard was born the son of Jean-Jacques and Cécile Pinard and was educated at Immaculate Conception School in Drummondville. He then attended the Nicolet Seminary, winning the Lieutenant Governor Onésime Gagnon Medal for Academic Merit, and the Université de Sherbrooke, winning the Lieutenant Governor Paul Comtois Medal for Academic and Social Merit.
He served as President of Sherbrooke's law faculty, being called to the bar of Quebec in 1964. He founded the Drummond Caisse d'Entraide Economique, involving himself with that organization as well as politics and hockey.
Pinard was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1974 election. He was the Liberal Party's Deputy Government House Leader from 1977 to 1978. He was Government House Leader and President of the Privy Council in the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau from 1980 until June 1984 when he left politics to accept an appointment to the bench.