|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Eleni Bakopanos|
May 19, 1969 |
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
|Political party||Bloc Québécois (2006-2013)
|New Democratic Party of Canada|
|Alma mater||Université de Montréal|
|Profession||Criminologist, probation officer, rehabilitation counsellor, researcher, sociologist, teaching assistant|
Maria Mourani (born May 19, 1969) is an independent Member of Parliament in the federal riding of Ahuntsic in Canada. She was formerly a member of the Bloc Québécois. She joined the New Democratic Party in November 2014 but is not a member of the party's caucus due to the party's policy against crossing the floor; she will not join the party's caucus until and unless she is elected as an NDP MP in the 2015 federal election.
Born in Africa of Lebanese descent, Mourani immigrated to Canada in 1988 and has held positions as rehabilitation consultant, professor, researcher, and probation officer. She is a former probation officer for Correctional Service of Canada. She is a former member of the Saint-Laurent volunteer action, Henri-Beaulieu school establishment council, Founoun artistic journal, Quebec Association of Criminologists, and the Reflection Committee and Social Action. She is the former President of the Bloc's citizen's committee and on the Parti Québécois riding executive in the provincial riding of Acadie and the Committee director of the PQ orientation congress. She was also a freelance writer for L'Avenir.
Maria Mourani is also the author of La face cachée des gangs de rue (October 2006), a book about street gangs in Montreal. She followed it up with a second book on street gang networks in Canada, United States and Central America entitled Gangs de rue inc. (September 2009).
She is co-founder and co-president of the Canadian Lebanese Friendship Association in the Canadian Parliament as well as the President of the Algerian Canadian Friendship Association.
She was elected in the 2006 Canadian federal election and reelected in 2008 and 2011. She was consequently assigned as the Bloc Québécois Critic on Public Security and on the Status of Women in the Canadian Parliament.
After the 2011 federal election Mourani was one of only four Bloc Québécois MPs left in the House of Commons, the only Bloc member from the Montreal area, and the only female Bloc MP in the 41st Parliament.
She declared her candidacy in the Bloc Québécois leadership election that was held to choose a successor to Gilles Duceppe and ran on a platform of making the Bloc more independent from the Parti Québécois. She was defeated on the second ballot by former MP Daniel Paillé on December 11, 2011.
On December 18, 2013, Mourani surprised citizens by announcing she was no longer in support of Quebec sovereignty and believed that Canadian federalism and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was better at protecting the Quebecois identity and the identity of all citizens of Quebec.
On November 19, 2014, Mourani announced that she would be running for the NDP in the next election, though as per the party's policy on crossing the floor she will remain an independent MP until the election is held.
- La face cachée des gangs de rue, Les Éditions de l'Homme, 2006, 211 pages ISBN 978-2-7619-2253-1
- Gangs de rue inc. : leurs réseaux au Canada et dans les Amériques, Les éditions de l'Homme, 2009, 416 pages, ISBN 978-2-7619-2683-6
- Rose Dufour, Ina Motoi (preface by Maria Mourani and Hélène Manseau), La femme, sa sexualité et son pouvoir sexuel: programme d'appropriation de sa sexualité, Les Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2011
- Notre indépendance: 28 Québécois s'expriment (collective book, under the direction of Catherine Fillion-Lauzièr, Stanké, 2012
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|Bloc Québécois||Maria Mourani||14,908||31.80||-7.68|
|New Democratic||Chantal Reeves||14,200||30.29||+21.32|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||46,884||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||516||1.09||-|
|Bloc Québécois hold||Swing||-14.50|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|Bloc Québécois||Maria Mourani||18,815||39.48||+0.57||$53,286|
|New Democratic||Alexandra Bélec||4,276||8.97||+1.07||$6,663|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||47,648||100.00||–||$82,379|
|Total rejected ballots||523||1.09|
|Bloc Québécois hold||Swing||-0.40|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|Bloc Québécois||Maria Mourani||19,428||38.91||-2.34||$69,180|
|New Democratic||Caroline Desrosiers||3,948||7.90||+1.70||$4,702|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||49,895||100.00||$77,453|
|Bloc Québécois gain from Liberal||Swing||-2.1|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|Bloc Québécois||Maria Mourani||20,020||41.25||+9.02||$53,286|
|New Democratic||Annick Bergeron||3,013||6.20||+4.33||$3,308|
|Conservative||Jean E. Fortier||2,544||5.24||-3.85||$39,703|
|Marijuana||F.X. de Longchamp||314||0.64||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||48,528||100.00||$77,288|
|Quebec general election, 2003: Acadie|
|Parti Québécois||Maria Mourani||6,702||20.33||+1.22|
|Action démocratique||Jean-Pierre Chamoun||2,253||6.83||+2.18|
|Bloc Pot||Jonathan Bérubé||440||1.33||–|
|Total valid votes||32,973||99.05||–|
|Total rejected ballots||316||0.95||–|
|Electors on the lists||50,699||–||–|
- "Former Bloc member Maria Mourani join NDP — but not as MP". Toronto Star. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
- "Bloc MP helps police make big pot bust". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- "Shooting not expected to spark Montreal street war". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- "Quebec Votes 2003 - Riding: Acadie". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2003. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- "Bloc to seek party status, new leader: MP". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- "MP Maria Mourani bids for Bloc Québécois leadership". CBC News, September 21, 2011.
- Authier, Philip (October 4, 2011). "Daniel Paillé throws hat into Bloc ring". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- "Daniel Paille new leader of Bloc Quebecois". CBC News, December 11, 2011.
- Mas, Susana (September 13, 2013). "Bloc Québécois expels MP over secular charter comments". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
- Bourgault-Côté, Guillaume. "Mourani "n'est plus indépendantiste"" (in French). Le Devoir. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- https://www.dropbox.com/s/9vk38kel5eonpq4/Lettre%20Maria%20Mourani_18%20dec%202013.pdf Mourani's Letter to the Public
- Canadian Press. "Maria Mourani, who quit Bloc Quebecois over Quebec values charter, says she is no longer a sovereigntist". National Post. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- "Maria Mourani, ex-Bloc MP, to join NDP". CBC News. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
- "Maria Mourani, Ex-Bloc MP, To Run For NDP In Montreal". Huffington Post. January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2015.