Alexandre Boulerice

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Alexandre Boulerice
Alexandre Boulerice 2014-05-08.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Bernard Bigras
Personal details
Born (1973-06-18) June 18, 1973 (age 41)
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Lisa Djevahirdjian
Profession Communications adviser, community activist, journalist

Alexandre Boulerice (born June 18, 1973 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec)[1] is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election.[2] He represents the electoral district of Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie as a member of the New Democratic Party.


Alexandre Boulerice was born June 18, 1973 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He started working at age 15 as a lifeguard for the municipality and then went on to become pool manager. After his cégep years, he studied sociology at the Université de Montréal, and then studied political science at McGill University.

Subsequently, he worked as a TV journalist (LCN, TVA), while being involved in his local union as vice-president of CUPE 687. He has also worked for a community group, l’Union des travailleurs et travailleuses accidentés de Montréal (UTTAM). He then became a communications consultant for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).[3]

Political career[edit]

With Jack Layton during the 2011 federal campaign

Alexandre Boulerice has been active in the New Democratic Party since the late 1990s. He first presented himself in the 2008 federal election and obtained 16.26%, the constituency being won by the Bloc Québécois candidate Bernard Bigras. In 2011, he ran again and won with 50.8% of votes.

In the May 2, 2011 federal election, the NDP received 30.6% of the votes, which translates into 103 seats in the House of Commons, of which more than half are from Quebec. This result allowed the NDP to form the Official Opposition in the House of Commons for the first time in history. This electoral breakthrough, is now known as "la vague orange" (Orange Crush).

On 26 May 2011, Alexandre Boulerice was appointed spokesperson for the official opposition for the Treasury Board of Canada. In April 2012, he was appointed spokesman for Labour. On December 11, 2012, he became deputy spokesman of ethics.[4]

Bill C307[edit]

In fall 2011, Alexandre Boulerice filed the bill "For the reassignment of pregnant and lactating women",[5] to protect the rights of pregnant and lactating women who must leave their jobs to protect their health or the health of their child. This bill was intended to allow all workers to receive a reassignment under the provisions in force in their respective provinces. Quebec workers covered by the Labour Code of Quebec can receive benefits from the Workplace Health and Safety (OSH) in the program, "For safe motherhood." This bill was intended to allow workers covered by the Labour Code of Canada receive the same benefits and not be penalized during their pregnancy.

This bill was rejected with 169 votes against and 108 votes.

Vimy Ridge comments[edit]

On April 10, 2007, Boulerice wrote on a Quebec left-wing politics blog, Presse-Toi A Gauche,[6] praising those who objected to and actively resisted Canada's participation in the First World War stating it was "a purely capitalist war on the backs of the workers and peasants". Boulerice further criticised the Harper Conservative Government's celebration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge saying that "thousands of poor wretches were slaughtered to take possession of a hill.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Alexandre Boulerice 27,484 51.00 +34.74
Bloc Québécois Bernard Bigras 17,702 32.85 -19.15
Liberal Kettly Beauregard 4,920 9.13 -9.54
Conservative Sébastien Forté 2,328 4.32 -3.07
Green Sameer Muldeen 899 1.67 -2.92
Rhinoceros Jean-Patrick Berthiaume 417 0.77 +0.16
Marxist–Leninist Stéphane Chénier 140 0.26 -0.06
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,890 100.00
Total rejected ballots 589 1.08
Turnout 54,479 66.91
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Bernard Bigras 27,260 52.00 -3.99 $52,571
Liberal Marjorie Théodore 9,785 18.67 +2.91 $30,634
New Democratic Alexandre Boulerice 8,522 16.26 +4.71 $21,117
Conservative Sylvie Boulianne 3,876 7.39 -1.91 $85,619
Green Vincent Larochelle 2,406 4.59 -2.01 $903
Rhinoceros Jean-Patrick Berthiaume 319 0.61 $228
Marxist–Leninist Stéphane Chérnier 170 0.32
Independent Michel Dugré 83 0.16 $690
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,421 100.00 $86,436
Total rejected ballots 614 1.16
Turnout 53,035 64.65

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