Madeleine Meilleur

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Hon. Madeleine Meilleur
Ontario MPP
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 2, 2003
Preceded by Claudette Boyer
Constituency Ottawa—Vanier
Ottawa City councillor for Rideau-Vanier
In office
2000–2003
Preceded by Stéphane Émard-Chabot
Succeeded by Georges Bédard
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Personal details
Born (1948-11-22) November 22, 1948 (age 65)
Kiamika, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Residence Ottawa, Ontario
Occupation Registered Nurse, Lawyer

Madeleine Meilleur (born November 22, 1948) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and is a cabinet minister in the government of Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Background[edit]

Meilleur was born in the Quebec community of Kiamika. She is both a registered nurse and a lawyer, specializing in labour and employment law. She has served on the Ottawa-Carleton Regional District Health Council, the Champlain District Health Council, the Ottawa-Carleton Children's Aid Society and the Vanier Housing Corporation. She has also played an active role in promoting tourism to the city.

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

Meilleur was elected to the city of Vanier's municipal council in 1991, and also served as a council member in the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (which included members from Vanier and other local municipalities). In 2000, she became a city councillor in the newly amalgamated city of Ottawa. During her time in municipal government, Meilleur represented the council on the French-Language Services Advisory Committee. She received the United Way's Community Builder's Award in 2001 and le prix d'Excellence from the Réseau socioactif des femmes francophones in 2002.

Provincial politics[edit]

In 2003, Meilleur was appointed as the Liberal Party candidate in the provincial riding of Ottawa—Vanier. Ottawa-Vanier has a large francophone population and has elected Liberals both federally and provincially in every election since 1971. Meilleur was elected without difficulty.

The Liberal party won the election, and Meilleur was appointed Minister of Culture with responsibility for Francophone Affairs on October 23, 2003. In November 2003, Meilleur announced that provincial grants would be made available to libraries in rural communities. In April 2004, she announced the extension of demolition controls on heritage buildings. She is also known to favour the extension of official bilingualism in Ottawa and Ontario. In the same year, she also became the province's first cabinet minister ever to attend an international summit of La Francophonie.

On April 5, 2006, Meilleur was appointed Minister of Community and Social Services. She was reelected to her Ottawa—Vanier riding in the October 10, 2007 general provincial election.

In October 2011, she was appointed Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and continues as the minister for Francophone Affairs.

On March 25, 2014, she was appointed the first ever francophone Attorney General of Ontario.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 19,615 51.4
Progressive Conservative Fred Sherman 8,931 23.4
New Democratic Paul Étienne Laliberté-Tipple 7,525 19.7
Green Dave Bagler 1,719 4.5
Family Coalition Emmanuel Houle 352 0.9
Total valid votes 38,142 100.0
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 20,951 50.8 -1.7
Progressive Conservative Bruce Poulin 9,169 22.2 -4.0
New Democratic Ric Dagenais 6,144 14.9 -0.8
Green Leonard Poole 4,287 10.4 +5.9
Family Coalition Frank Cioppa 400 1.0
Independent Robert Larter 256 0.6
Total valid votes 38,142 100.0
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 22,188 53.5 +0.5
Progressive Conservative Maurice Lamirande 10,878 26.2 -5.6
New Democratic Joseph Zebrowski 6,507 15.7 +5.2
Green Raphael Thierrin 1,876 4.5 +2.1
Total valid votes 41,449 100.0

Table of offices held[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Wynne Government Starts Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
2013-present
Also Responsible for Francophone Affairs
Incumbent
Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Jim Bradley Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
2013-present
Also Responsible for Francophone Affairs
McGuinty government ends
Sandra Pupatello Minister of Community and Social Services
2006–2011
John Milloy
David Tsubouchi Minister of Culture
2003—2006
Also Responsible for Francophone Affairs
Caroline Di Cocco

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