Alexandre Boulerice

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Alexandre Boulerice
MP
Alexandre Boulerice 2014-05-08.jpg
Shadow Minister for Labour
In office
April 19, 2012 – November 19, 2015
Leader Thomas Mulcair
Preceded by Yvon Godin
Succeeded by Gerard Deltell
Shadow Minister for the Treasury Board
In office
May 26, 2011 – April 18, 2012
Leader Jack Layton
Nycole Turmel
Preceded by Siobhan Coady
Succeeded by Mathieu Ravignat
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Bernard Bigras
Personal details
Born (1973-06-18) June 18, 1973 (age 42)
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Lisa Djevahirdjian
Profession Communications adviser, community activist, journalist
Website www.boulerice.org

Alexandre Boulerice (born June 18, 1973 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec)[1] is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election. He represents the electoral district of Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie as a member of the New Democratic Party. He is current the NDP's Quebec lieutenant and Ethics critic.

Early life and career[edit]

Alexandre Boulerice was born June 18, 1973 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He started working at age 15 as a lifeguard for the municipality and then went on to become pool manager. After his cégep years, he studied sociology at the Université de Montréal, and then studied political science at McGill University.

Subsequently, he worked as a TV journalist (LCN, TVA), while being involved in his local union as vice-president of CUPE 687. He has also worked for a community group, l’Union des travailleurs et travailleuses accidentés de Montréal (UTTAM). He then became a communications consultant for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).[2]

Federal politics[edit]

With Jack Layton during the 2011 federal campaign

Alexandre Boulerice has been active in the New Democratic Party since the late 1990s. He first ran in the 2008 federal election and finished a distant third with 16.26 percent of the vote, well behind Bloc Québécois incumbent Bernard Bigras.

In the May 2, 2011 federal election, the NDP received 30.6% of the votes, which translated into 103 seats in the House of Commons, of which more than half were from Quebec. This result allowed the NDP to form the Official Opposition in the House of Commons for the first time in history. This electoral breakthrough is now known as "la vague orange" (Orange Crush). One of those seats belonged to Boulerice, who won 50.8% of votes, finishing 9,700 votes ahead of Bigras.[3] No NDP candidate had ever finished higher than third in the riding or its predecessors before.

On 26 May 2011, Boulerice was appointed spokesperson for the official opposition for the Treasury Board of Canada. In April 2012, he was appointed spokesman for Labour. On December 11, 2012, he became deputy spokesman of ethics.[4]

In fall 2011, Boulerice tabled Bill C-307, a private member's bill "For the reassignment of pregnant and lactating women",[5] to protect the rights of pregnant and lactating women who must leave their jobs to protect their health or the health of their child. This bill was intended to allow all workers to receive a reassignment under the provisions in force in their respective provinces. Quebec workers covered by the Labour Code of Quebec can receive benefits from the Workplace Health and Safety (OSH) in the program, "For safe motherhood." This bill was intended to allow workers covered by the Labour Code of Canada receive the same benefits and not be penalized during their pregnancy.

This bill was rejected with 169 votes against and 108 votes.

After the 2015 election, Boulerice was appointed the NDP's Quebec lieutenant, as well as its critic for Ethics and deputy critic for Democratic Reform in the 42nd Canadian Parliament.[6]

Vimy Ridge comments[edit]

On April 10, 2007, Boulerice wrote on a Quebec left-wing politics blog, Presse-Toi A Gauche,[7] praising those who objected to and actively resisted Canada's participation in the First World War stating it was "a purely capitalist war on the backs of the workers and peasants". Boulerice further criticised the Harper Conservative Government's celebration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge saying that "thousands of poor wretches were slaughtered to take possession of a hill.[8]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Alexandre Boulerice 28,692 49.17 -1.9
Bloc Québécois Claude André 12,276 21.03 -11.82
Liberal Nadine Medawar 12,069 20.68 +11.53
Conservative Jeremy Dohan 2,506 4.29 -0.03
Green Sameer Muldeen 1,787 3.06 +1.39
Rhinoceros Laurent Aglat 495 0.85 +0.08
Libertarian Peter d'Entremont 353 0.60
Marxist–Leninist Stéphane Chénier 171 0.29 +0.03
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $221,758.95
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 58,349 69.13 +2.22
Eligible voters 83,936
New Democratic hold Swing −1.9
Source: Elections Canada[9][10]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Alexandre Boulerice 27,484 51.00 +34.74
Bloc Québécois Bernard Bigras 17,702 32.85 -19.15
Liberal Kettly Beauregard 4,920 9.13 -9.54
Conservative Sébastien Forté 2,328 4.32 -3.07
Green Sameer Muldeen 899 1.67 -2.92
Rhinoceros Jean-Patrick Berthiaume 417 0.77 +0.16
Marxist–Leninist Stéphane Chénier 140 0.26 -0.06
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,890 100.00
Total rejected ballots 589 1.08
Turnout 54,479 66.91
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Bernard Bigras 27,260 52.00 -3.99 $52,571
Liberal Marjorie Théodore 9,785 18.67 +2.91 $30,634
New Democratic Alexandre Boulerice 8,522 16.26 +4.71 $21,117
Conservative Sylvie Boulianne 3,876 7.39 -1.91 $85,619
Green Vincent Larochelle 2,406 4.59 -2.01 $903
Rhinoceros Jean-Patrick Berthiaume 319 0.61 $228
Marxist–Leninist Stéphane Chérnier 170 0.32
Independent Michel Dugré 83 0.16 $690
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,421 100.00 $86,436
Total rejected ballots 614 1.16
Turnout 53,035 64.65

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