|Shadow Minister for Labour|
April 19, 2012 – November 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Yvon Godin|
|Succeeded by||Gerard Deltell|
|Shadow Minister for the Treasury Board|
May 26, 2011 – April 18, 2012
|Preceded by||Siobhan Coady|
|Succeeded by||Mathieu Ravignat|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
May 30, 2011
|Preceded by||Bernard Bigras|
June 18, 1973 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Profession||Communications adviser, community activist, journalist|
Alexandre Boulerice (born June 18, 1973 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) 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
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).
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. 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.
In fall 2011, Boulerice tabled Bill C-307, a private member's bill "For the reassignment of pregnant and lactating women", 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.
Vimy Ridge comments
On April 10, 2007, Boulerice wrote on a Quebec left-wing politics blog, Presse-Toi A Gauche, 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.
|Canadian federal election, 2015|
|New Democratic||Alexandre Boulerice||28,692||49.17||-1.9|
|Bloc Québécois||Claude André||12,276||21.03||-11.82||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||–||100.0||$221,758.95|
|Total rejected ballots||–||–||–|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||−1.9|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Alexandre Boulerice||27,484||51.00||+34.74|
|Bloc Québécois||Bernard Bigras||17,702||32.85||-19.15|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||53,890||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||589||1.08|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|Bloc Québécois||Bernard Bigras||27,260||52.00||-3.99||$52,571|
|New Democratic||Alexandre Boulerice||8,522||16.26||+4.71||$21,117|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||52,421||100.00||$86,436|
|Total rejected ballots||614||1.16|
- Boulerice, Alexandre - Parliamentarian file, Parliament of Canada
- Bio on NDP website
- Election 2011: Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
- Shadow Cabinet NDP website
- Parliament of Canada website
- Kirkup, Kristy (12 November 2015). "Tom Mulcair taps Nathan Cullen, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron for top critic roles". CBC News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- Press Gauge: La butte de Vimy
- Sun News: NDP MP slammed Canada's role in First World War
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates