Catherine Pinhas

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Catherine Pinhas Mulcair (born 1955 or 1956) is a French and Canadian psychologist. She is the wife of Canadian Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair.[1]

She was born in France to a Sephardic Jewish family of Turkish origin that had survived the Holocaust.[1][2]

Pinhas works in private practice in Verdun, Quebec as well as in long-term and palliative care at a community health centre and is a member of the board of directors at the Order of Psychologists of Quebec and the regional health board for southwest Montreal.[1]

She and Thomas Mulcair met as teenagers when she visited Quebec from France in order to attend a cousin's wedding. She immigrated to Canada soon after and the couple married in 1976 when they were both 21.[1]

She is a dual citizen of Canada and France and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Assemblée des Français de l'étranger, a body of French citizens living abroad, in 2009.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Smith, Joanna (April 9, 2012). "Thomas Mulcair’s wife Catherine a psychologist and political confidante". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Levy-Ajzenkopf, Andy (March 26, 2012). "New NDP leader strongly backs Israel". Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved April 21, 2012.