Alexandra Mendès

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Alexandra Mendès
MP
Alexandra Mendes 2011.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brossard—Saint-Lambert
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Hoang Mai
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brossard—La Prairie
In office
October 14, 2008 – May 2, 2011
Preceded by Marcel Lussier
Succeeded by Hoang Mai
Personal details
Born (1963-11-03) November 3, 1963 (age 53)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Liberal
Residence Brossard, Quebec
Profession Communications Officer

Alexandra Mendès (born November 3, 1963 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Canadian Liberal politician, currently serving as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brossard—Saint-Lambert since 2015. She previously served in the House of Commons from 2008 until 2011 as the MP for the Montreal riding of Brossard—La Prairie.

Biography[edit]

Mendès worked as a constituency assistant to Jacques Saada, who served as a Liberal MP for Brossard—La Prairie from 1997 to 2006. She also taught at the Brossard Portuguese School.[1] Mendès was a Quebec assistant to Bob Rae for a period of eight months during his leadership campaign. She has also worked for fifteen years at a settlement organization for new immigrants and refugees at Maison Internationale de la Rive-Sud.[2]

She was elected to the House of Commons in 2008, defeating Bloc Quebecois MP Marcel Lussier, who had defeated her former boss Saada in the previous election. She initially came in second by 102 votes, but a recount ordered by Elections Canada resulted in her winning by a margin of 69 votes.[3] She was defeated in the 2011 election by NDP candidate Hoang Mai.

In August 2011, Mendès announced her candidacy for the presidency of the Liberal Party of Canada.[4] She was defeated in her race for the presidency by Mike Crawley, but remained a committed member of the party, making appearances on CTV and CBC's Power and Politics representing the party. In June 2012, Mendès became President of the Liberal Party's Quebec wing, the Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec).

In the 2015 federal election, Mendès was the Liberal candidate in the newly created riding of Brossard—Saint-Lambert, again facing off against Mai. She defeated Mai, returning to the House of Commons.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Brossard—Saint-Lambert
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Alexandra Mendès 28,818 50.3 +17.55
New Democratic Hoang Mai 14,075 24.6 -12.21
Conservative Qais Hamidi 7,215 12.6 -0.22
Bloc Québécois Suzanne Lachance 6,071 10.6 -5.35
Green Fang Hu 1,089 1.9 +0.39
Total valid votes/Expense limit 57,260 100.0     $220,572.15
Total rejected ballots 549 0.94
Turnout 57,809 69.16
Eligible voters 83,194
Source: Elections Canada[5][6]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Brossard—La Prairie
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Hoang Mai 25,512 41.02 +28.31
Liberal Alexandra Mendès (incumbent) 16,976 27.30 −5.29
Bloc Québécois Marcel Lussier 10,890 17.51 −14.96
Conservative Maurice Brossard 7,806 12.55 −6.32
Green Kevin Murphy 900 1.45 −1.65
Marxist–Leninist Normand Chouinard 110 0.18 −0.09
Total valid votes 62,194 100.00
Total rejected ballots 569
Turnout 62,763
Source: Official Results, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2008: Brossard—La Prairie
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Alexandra Mendès 19,103 32.59 −2.42 $36,025
Bloc Québécois Marcel Lussier 19,034 32.47 −4.70 $55,711
Conservative Maurice Brossard 11,062 18.87 +1.96 $66,126
New Democratic Hoang Mai 7,452 12.71 +5.25 $5,453
Green Sonia Ziadé 1,816 3.10 −0.17 $1,057
Marxist–Leninist Normand Chouinard 157 0.27 +0.08 none listed
Total valid votes 58,624 100.00
Total rejected ballots 563
Turnout 59,187 64.57 −2.49
Electors on the lists 91,662
'Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada. Italicized expenditures refer to totals submitted by the candidate and are presented when the reviewed totals are not available.

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