Mylène Freeman

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Mylène Freeman
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 2, 2011
Preceded by Mario Laframboise
Personal details
Born (1989-03-07) March 7, 1989 (age 25)
Stouffville, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party
Profession Student, Research Assistant

Mylène Freeman (born March 7, 1989) is the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for the riding of Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel in Quebec, first elected in the 2011 Canadian federal election after defeating incumbent MP Mario Laframboise of the Bloc Québécois.

Born in Stouffville, Ontario, she is fluent in both French and English.[1] She grew up fluently bilingual; she is the daughter of an Irish Canadian father and a French Canadian mother.[2]

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, where she studied political theory. She was co-president of NDP McGill (the New Democratic Party student group at the university) and coordinator of the university's Women in House program, which has young women shadow female MPs in hopes of fostering their interest in getting involved in politics.[1]

Expecting to come in second, Freeman described her victory as "very surreal" when she defeated powerful Bloc Québécois MP Mario Laframboise by 8,000 votes in Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel. She had not been to the riding at any point during the election campaign.[1]

In the 2009 Montreal municipal election, Freeman stood on behalf of Projet Montréal in Outremont[1] as a candidate for borough councillor in Claude-Ryan.[2]

She was one of five current McGill students, alongside Charmaine Borg, Laurin Liu, Matthew Dubé and Jamie Nicholls, elected to Parliament in the 2011 election following the NDP's unexpected mid-campaign surge in Quebec.[1] While Freeman was a former co-president of NDP McGill,[1] Borg and Dubé were the incumbent co-presidents of NDP McGill at the time that they both won election to Parliament and spent the campaign working to re-elect Thomas Mulcair in the nearby riding of Outremont.[3][4][5]

Electoral Record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
New Democratic Mylène Freeman 25,801 44.24 +31.84 0.00
Bloc Québécois Mario Laframboise 16,876 28.94 -19.16 77,499.72
Liberal Daniel Fox 7,175 12.30 -5.85 67,191.80
Conservative Yvan Patry 6,497 11.14 -6.29 30,881.78
Green Stephen Matthews 1,506 2.58 -1.16 888.62
Independent Michel Daniel Guibord 342 0.59 1,904.02
Marxist–Leninist Christian-Simon Ferlatte 123 0.21 +0.03 0.00
Total valid vote/Expense limit 58,320 100.00

Source: Elections Canada

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Marian Scott (May 4, 2011). "McGill 5 head off to House of Commons". The Gazette. 
  2. ^ a b "Mylène Freeman". Projet Montréal. Retrieved May 7, 2011.  See also "‘No joke. Your daughter just elected Quebec MP’," Stouffville Sun-Tribune, May 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Nathaniel Finestone (April 5, 2011). "Political clubs gear up for election". McGill Tribune. 
  4. ^ Bill Curry (May 3, 2011). "Students, ex-Communist, a Cree leader and more join NDP's swollen Quebec ranks". The Globe and Mail. 
  5. ^ Tamsin McMahon (May 4, 2011). "The REALLY New Democrats". National Post. 

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