|MNA for Laurier-Dorion|
|Preceded by||Christos Sirros|
|Succeeded by||Gerry Sklavounos|
|Montreal City Councillor for Villeray|
|Preceded by||Sylvain Lachance|
May 5, 1979 |
|Political party||Parti Québécois
Elsie Lefebvre (born May 5, 1979 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Quebec politician. She was the Member of the National Assembly for the Laurier-Dorion riding from 2004 to 2007, and currently serves on Montreal City Council. She is trilingual, speaking French, Spanish and English.
Lefebvre has been involved in politics, with the Parti Québécois (PQ), since the age of 17. Following her bachelor's degree in political science at Université de Montréal, her studies took her to the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico. There she gathered much political experience, notably as an intern at the Quebec Government House in Mexico City and as parliamentary assistant to French politician Philippe Séguin.
In 2004, she won the Parti Québécois candidacy for the coming by-election in her native riding, Laurier-Dorion, and began a campaign of outspoken left-wing and sovereigntist politics (opposing the Charest government). On September 20, 2004, at the age of 25, she became the youngest elected female MNA in the National Assembly of Quebec's history. Her arrival was touted by some as the sovereigntist new blood and breath of fresh air for the party and movement. Four by-elections occurred on the day of her victory. The Liberals lost all but one (with a smaller victory than usual for one of the strongest Liberal fortresses, Nelligan), with the PQ winning two and the Action démocratique du Québec one.
Coming at a time when the Charest government was low in opinion polls, her victory in the Laurier-Dorion was described as historic for reasons other than Lefebvre's relative youth. Laurier (later merged with the riding of Dorion) had been won only once before by the PQ, by Lise Payette, and had been held by Liberal Christos Sirros for two decades. As one of the most multicultural ridings in Quebec, the surprise victory was seen as a major step in the long ongoing PQ "charm operation" towards Quebec cultural minorities. In addition, the riding is remembered as the first riding of the party founder René Lévesque. Twice elected in Laurier as a Liberal, Lévesque never managed to win it with the PQ, despite being party leader.
Lefebvre lost her Montreal seat to the Quebec Liberal Party in the 2007 provincial election.
Lefebvre was the Official Opposition critic for immigration and cultural communities during her tenure in office.
In June 2005, after answering her question in the National Assembly about a possible conflict of interest involving his spouse, Premier Jean Charest mumbled "hostie de chienne", an insult which would roughly translate in English as "fucking bitch".
Montreal City Council
Lefebvre was recruited by Vision Montréal as a high-profile candidate for Montreal City Council in November 2009, in the district of Villeray in the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension. She won the election, defeating incumbent Union Montréal councillor Sylvain Lachance.
- Une étudiante en études internationales est élue à l'Assemblée nationale on the Université de Montréal website.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.