|Member of the Canadian Parliament
May 19, 2011
|Preceded by||Serge Cardin|
May 31, 1991 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Joanie Boulet (2013-present) |
Pierre-Luc Dusseault (born May 31, 1991) is a Canadian politician who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 federal election at the age of 19, becoming the youngest Member of Parliament in the country's history. He took office two days after his 20th birthday.
Early life and education
Born in Granby, Quebec, and educated in Magog, Dusseault, is the son of a daycare administrator and a customer service manager. He received a DEC diploma in social studies from Cégep de Sherbrooke.
Dusseault was a first-year student studying applied politics at the Université de Sherbrooke at the time of his election as an MP. He was the co-founder and president of the university's student NDP club, having joined the NDP in 2009. He has told the press he would like to finish the degree once his political career is over.
Canadian federal election, 2011
As a New Democratic Party candidate in the riding of Sherbrooke, Dusseault defeated the incumbent Bloc Québécois MP Serge Cardin (four decades Dusseault's elder), and was elected at the age of 19 years, 336 days, making him the youngest Canadian ever to be elected to the House of Commons, surpassing former Liberal Party MP Claude-André Lachance, who was aged 20 years, 94 days when elected in 1974. Dusseault turned 20 two days before the 41st Parliament was sworn in.
He was elected in the same election as five McGill University students, fellow NDP MPs Charmaine Borg, Matthew Dubé, Mylène Freeman, Laurin Liu, and Jamie Nicholls, following the NDP's unexpected mid-campaign surge in Quebec.
Three days after the election, Toronto radio host John Oakley conducted an interview with Dusseault, who drew himself into the debate on the Quebec sovereignty movement by stating, "Sovereignty will be done in Quebec. And Quebecers will decide if they want to be a country." He later clarified his remarks, saying that he was a federalist who respects sovereignty.
- Baby of the House, an unofficial title given to the youngest member of a parliamentary house
- James Dickson, the youngest British member of parliament since the Great Reform Act of 1832
- Alengot Oromait, Africa's youngest ever member of parliament
- Wyatt Roy, the youngest ever Australian member of parliament
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- Marian Scott (May 4, 2011). "Five McGill students elected as NDP MPs". Vancouver Sun.
- Jonathan Montpetit (May 5, 2011). "NDP's separatism conundrum: developing policy for new MPs who say, 'Oui'". The Canadian Press.
- "New wave could shift national dialogue". Telegraph-Journal. May 7, 2011.