Jacques Charbonneau is a former politician in the Canadian province of Quebec. He served on the Montreal city council from 1986 to 2001, originally as a member of the Montreal Citizens’ Movement (MCM) and later as a member of Vision Montreal (VM).
Charbonneau was a communications advisor for Hôpital Notre-Dame in private life, a position that he retained after his election to city council. In the 1980s, he helped organize meetings and conferences on care for the disabled.
Charbonneau was first elected to city council in the 1986 municipal election for the east-end division of Louis-Riel as a candidate of the Montreal Citizens’ Movement, which won the election with a landslide majority. Forty-eight years old at the time, he subsequently served as a backbench supporter of MayorJean Doré‘s administration. He was re-elected in the 1990 municipal election, in which Doré and the MCM won a second consecutive mandate.
In June 1991, Charbonneau announced his support for Mouvement Québec, a Quebec sovereigntist group that sought to have a referendum within a year on the future of Quebec’s status in Canada.
Charbonneau openly criticized Doré’s administration in mid-1992, saying that it needed to improve its record on neighbourhood services. The following year, he joined with other MCM dissidents in protesting the mayor’s decision for Montreal to lease space in the World Trade Center. He finally resigned from the party on October 18, 1993, to sit as an independent.
During his second term on council, Charbonneau was a member of the Montreal Urban Community‘s urban planning committee.