|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
May 30, 2011
|Preceded by||Bernard Bigras|
June 18, 1973 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Profession||Communications adviser, community activist, journalist|
Alexandre Boulerice (born June 18, 1973 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election. 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).
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 is now known as the "orange wave".
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.
In fall 2011, Alexandre Boulerice filed the bill "For the reassignment of pregnant and lactating women", 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
On April 10, 2007, Boulerice wrote on a Quebec left-wing politics blog, Presse-Toi A Gauche, 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.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Alexandre Boulerice||27,484||51.00||+34.74|
|Bloc Québécois||Bernard Bigras||17,702||32.85||-19.15|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||53,890||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||589||1.08|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|Bloc Québécois||Bernard Bigras||27,260||52.00||-3.99||$52,571|
|New Democratic||Alexandre Boulerice||8,522||16.26||+4.71||$21,117|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||52,421||100.00||$86,436|
|Total rejected ballots||614||1.16|
- Boulerice, Alexandre - Parliamentarian file, Parliament of Canada
- Election 2011: Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
- Bio on NDP website
- Shadow Cabinet NDP website
- Parliament of Canada website
- Press Gauge: La butte de Vimy
- Sun News: NDP MP slammed Canada's role in First World War