June 16, 2014 12:49 pm
Updated: June 16, 2014 1:09 pm

5 things you didn’t know about: Quebec’s Health Minister, Dr. Gaetan Barrette


Watch: Camille Ross interviews Quebec’s Health Minister Dr. Gaetan Barrette

MONTREAL — A hero for some and a polarizing figure for others, Dr. Gaetan Barrette, Quebec’s Health Minister with Quebec’s Liberal government is a force to be reckoned with.

Here are five things you may not have known about the co-author of the controversial “Dying with Dignity” bill.

1 – The Good Wife is his favourite TV show 

When campaigning to become an MNA for the La Piniere riding back in April 2014, Dr. Barrette taped every single show he missed on the Global TV hit series, The Good Wife.

His family was banned from revealing any information, as they are all fans.

When the provincial election campaign was over, Barrette indulged in five hours of PVR’d episodes.

The reward for his patience? Skipping the commercials!

A still from the television program “The Good Wife.”

2 – As a child, his hero was Captain Kirk

“Live long and prosper,” Barrette jokingly noted.

He added that he also admired Dr. Spock (while making the Vulcan salute that characterizes his Star Trek hero).

A glimpse of the “Vulcan salute.”

3 – His favourite sports team is the Montreal Canadiens

When he’s not in the hustle and bustle of Quebec politics, you can find Dr. Barrette cheering for the Habs at the Bell Centre: he is a season ticket holder.

The Montreal Canadiens take to the ice during game five against the New York Rangers in the 2014 NHL playoff series.

4 – His childhood dream was…

“To become a doctor (really)!”

However, Dr. Barrette said that he never thought he’d be involved in politics. “I was never the kind to run for class president” he confessed.

But the July-born cancerian said that a career in politics “was written in the stars” for him.

Getting to know you: a glimpse of Dr. Gaétan Barrette’s responses.

Gloria Henriquez/Global News

5 – His favourite season is fall

“For the light, for the sense of passing from one state to the other, the fuel of life,” he said

Colourful leaves are seen on a maple tree.

Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images





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