Marlene Jennings

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Hon. Marlene Jennings
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Member of Parliament
for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine
In office
1997–2011
Preceded by Warren Allmand
Succeeded by Isabelle Morin
Personal details
Born (1951-11-10) November 10, 1951 (age 62)
Longueuil, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Luciano Del Negro
Residence Montreal
Profession Non-profit executive

Marlene Jennings, PC, MP (born November 10, 1951) is a former Canadian politician. She was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, and represented the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine from 1997 to 2011.

Jennings was born in Longueuil, Quebec. She is a former lawyer and senior public servant. She is the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation, the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, and a former Member of Parliament. From 2004 to October 2005, she was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on Canada-U.S. relations.

Jennings was the first black woman from Quebec to be elected to Parliament in the history of Confederation. She was also one of the few parliamentarians with a physical disability, having become temporarily partially blind due to an illness in early 2010; she used visual aids and a white cane until late 2011. Over 7 surgical procedures successfully restored her vision.[1][2]

Electoral history[edit]

Jennings succeeded Warren Allmand, the MP for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, in the reorganized riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine upon its creation in 1997. She was elected five times in the riding with consistent margins of between 10,000 and 20,000 votes, and her riding was considered one of the safest Liberal seats in the country. However, she fell to Quebec's "orange wave" in the Canadian federal election, 2011, losing her seat to Isabelle Morin of the NDP.

Later life and career[edit]

After her last electoral defeat, Jennings was courted by the CAQ, but declined. For close to 2 years (2012 & 2013) she was the Executive Director of the Montreal YMHA. She had let her Liberal Party of Canada party membership lapse but re-joined in 2014.[3]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Isabelle Morin 17,943 39.73% +24.57%
Liberal Marlene Jennings 14,407 31.90% -12.72%
Conservative Matthew Conway 6,574 14.56% -1.66%
Bloc Québécois Gabrielle Ladouceur-Despins 3,983 8.82% -7.07%
Green Jessica Gal 1,914 4.24% -3.47%
Independent David Andrew Lovett 207 0.46%
Marxist–Leninist Rachel Hoffman 131 0.29% -0.11%
Total valid votes 45,159 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 464 1.02% +0.12%
Turnout 45,623

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Marlene Jennings 19,554 44.62% +0.77% $43,963
Conservative Carmine Pontillo 7,108 16.22% -1.22% $45,991
Bloc Québécois Éric Taillefer 6,962 15.89% -4.45% $7,443
New Democratic Peter Deslauriers 6,641 15.16% +3.34% $50,302
Green Jessica Gal 3,378 7.71% +1.74% $959
Marxist–Leninist Rachel Hoffman 177 0.40% +0.14%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,820 100.00% $83,411
Total rejected ballots 396 0.90%
Turnout 44,216
     Liberal hold Swing +1.0%
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Marlene Jennings 20,235 43.85% -9.35% $64,145
Bloc Québécois Alexandre Lambert 9,385 20.34% -1.65% $15,822
Conservative Allen F. MacKenzie 8,048 17.44% +7.22% $29,196
New Democratic Peter Deslauriers 5,455 11.82% +3.89% $19,445
Green Pierre-Albert Sévigny 2,754 5.97% +0.97% $1,065
Libertarian Earl Wertheimer 152 0.33% -0.04%
Marxist–Leninist Rachel Hoffman 118 0.26% +0.06%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 46,147 100.00% $78,444
     Liberal hold Swing -3.85%
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Marlene Jennings 23,552 53.20% -7.53% $63,389
Bloc Québécois Jean-Philippe Chartre 9,736 21.99% +3.88% $9,950
Conservative William R McCullock 4,526 10.22% -1.30% $19,959
New Democratic Maria Pia Chávez 3,513 7.93% +3.20% $6,040
Green Jessica Gal 2,214 5.00% +2.79% $1,069
Marijuana Jay Dell 479 1.08% -0.84%
Libertarian Earl Wertheimer 165 0.37%
Marxist–Leninist Rachel Hoffman 88 0.20% -0.14%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,273 100.00% $78,500

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Marlene Jennings 28,328 60.72% +4.17%
Bloc Québécois Jeannine Ouellet 8,449 18.11% +1.29%
Progressive Conservative Kathy Megyery 3,352 7.19% -12.60%
New Democratic Bruce Toombs 2,208 4.73% +0.31%
Alliance Darrin Etcovitch 2,022 4.33%
Green Katie Graham 1,031 2.21%
Marijuana Grégoire Faber 897 1.92%
Natural Law Michael Wilson 205 0.44% -0.65%
Marxist–Leninist Rachel Hoffman 159 0.34%
Total valid votes 46,651 100.00%

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Marlene Jennings 29,582 56.56%
Progressive Conservative John V. Hachey 10,350 19.79%
Bloc Québécois Geneviève Dumont-Frenette 8,797 16.82%
New Democratic André Cardinal 2,315 4.43%
Natural Law Ronald Bessette 569 1.09%
Independent Bryan Wolofsky 389 0.74%
Independent Caroline Polcsak 303 0.58%
Total valid votes 52,305 100.00%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hon. Marlene Jennings, P.C.
  2. ^ "Devenue aveugle, la députée Jennings défend son poste". Rue Frontenac (Montreal), April 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Hon. Marlene Jennings

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