Canadian Portuguese Economist Carlos Leitão was appointed, April 23, Quebec Minister of Finance by Prime Minister Philippe Couillard, following the April 7 election. He replaces outgoing Pierre Marsan.
A member of the Quebec Liberal Party, the Portuguese born Canadian politician was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2014 election, representing the provincial electoral district of Robert-Baldwin.
He was the chief economist for Laurentian Bank Securities of Canada until he quit this month to run for Quebec’s Liberal Party
Leitão moved to Canada in 1975 where he earned a degree in economic sciences at McGill University. He has gained extensive experience in banking and financial services, a field in which he has worked for over 30 years.
On 2003, he joined Laurentian Bank Securities from the Royal Bank as its Chief Economist, and joined the firm’s Management Committee in May of 2004. In October 2006, he was appointed to the Risk Management Committee of Laurentian Bank of Canada. He has also been a member of the Bank of Canada’s Quebec Panel since 2007.
He is the current Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the electoral district of Robert-Baldwin in the Montreal region. He represents the Quebec Liberal Party, a federalist political party in Quebec, Canada, independent of the federal Liberal Party of Canada since 1955.