Christine Moore (politician)

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Christine Moore
MP
Christine moore2.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Abitibi—Témiscamingue
Assumed office
May 2, 2011
Preceded by Marc Lemay
Personal details
Born (1983-10-21) October 21, 1983 (age 34)
La Sarre, Quebec
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence La Reine, Quebec
Profession Nurse

Christine Moore MP (born October 21, 1983) is a Canadian politician and nurse. On May 2, 2011, she was elected as the Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Témiscamingue, Quebec for the New Democratic Party (NDP) during the 2011 Canadian federal election.[1] She defeated Bloc Québécois MP Marc Lemay, who held the riding since 2004. On October 19, 2015, Moore was re-elected as the Member of the Parliament for Abitibi—Témiscamingue, Quebec for the NDP during the 2015 Canadian federal election.[2]

Education and experience[edit]

Moore was trained as a medical technician; she was educated at 52e Medical coy (Army Force) Sherbrooke and graduated in 2005. She earned a diploma of college studies in nursing from the Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue in 2008 and a B.Sc. in nursing from the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) in 2010.[3] She completed a one-month humanitarian internship in Senegal as part of her nursing degree at UQAT in 2009,[3] and she served with the Canadian Forces for over three years.[3][4] She is also a member of Nurses Without Borders.[3]

Federal politics[edit]

Moore finished a distant fourth as the NDP candidate in Abitibi—Témiscamingue in 2006 and 2008; both times, she came up well short of the 10-percent threshold to have her campaign expenses refunded. However, on her third try in 2011, she defeated Lemay by 9,500 votes as part of the NDP wave that swept through Quebec.

On May 26, 2011, Moore was appointed the federal Official Opposition critic for military procurement. The key files Moore was responsible for included the purchase of F 35s, the modernization of various navy ships, and the replacement of search and rescue aircraft. Consequently, she worked mostly on the Standing Committee on National Defence, the main forum for addressing these issues. She also assisted Jack Harris with his duties as federal Official Opposition critic for National Defence.

In November 2013, Moore was appointed deputy critic for energy and natural resources for the NDP. The key files covered by this responsibility: forestry, mines, nuclear & pipelines. In 2014, Moore brought forward a motion to promote a national strategy on forestry in Canada. This motion asked that the government should work in consultation with provinces and territories, First Nations, stakeholders, and the public to put forward, a national strategy to advance Canada's forestry sector, with the objectives of creating value-added jobs, developing our forests in a sustainable way, diversifying and promoting wood-based products and developing building systems, and by expanding international markets for Canadian wood products.[5]

During the 2011–2012 New Democratic Party leadership race, Moore endorsed Romeo Saganash.

In January 2015, Moore was appointed deputy critic for health for the NDP. On February 2, 2016, Moore was elected to the executive committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as a vice-chair. Since April 18, 2016 she has served aa vice-chair of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.

In 2018 it was revealed that Moore, as an unnamed MP, accused former Liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews for allegations of harassment in 2014. Both Andrews and Pacetti, who maintained innocence, sat for the remainder of the parliament as independent MPs pending investigation of the complaints. After the investigation, both MPs were permanently expelled from the Liberal caucus and would not be allowed to run as Liberals in the 2015 election.[6][7]

Moore gave birth during the election campaign in 2015. She has been pushing for more resources for MPs with newborns since she came back to Parliament in fall in 2015: high chairs were put in parliamentary cafeteria, the Commons Board of Internal Economy also changed the name of the "spouses lounge" near the Commons Chamber to "family room" to better accommodate the changing demographics of the House.[8]

On March 24, 2016, Moore introduced the bill that would eliminate the federal tax on certain baby products.[9]

Sexual predator allegations[edit]

On May 8, 2018, CBC News reported that Moore had had a non-consensual sexual encounter with a disabled Canadian Forces member, Glen Kirkland, who had come to Parliament Hill in 2013 to testify about military treatment of injured soldiers and veterans. Kirkland, describing the encounter, stated "there was a definite power imbalance and she had a position of authority and I just find it exceptionally ironic that she put herself in this moral, or ethical authority situation now with Erin Weir."[10] She was subsequently suspended from the NDP caucus on May 8, 2018 for allegedly behaving inappropriately while the party orders an investigation.[11]

On May 13, 2018, Moore held a press conference denying the accusations, stating that she had a romantic relationship with Kirkland that lasted about four months between June and October 2013. She provided photo evidence and email copies of travel itineraries in an effort to prove the relation was consensual.[11]

On July 19, 2018, party leader Jagmeet Singh publicly announced the results of an investigation into his MP's behaviour exonerating her from the allegations and reinstating her to her previous caucus duties.[12]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Christine Moore 20,636 41.5 -9.75
Liberal Claude Thibault 14,733 29.6 +23.68
Bloc Québécois Yvon Moreau 9,651 19.4 -12.1
Conservative Benoit Fortin 3,425 6.9 -3.0
Green Aline Bégin 859 1.7 +0.27
Rhinoceros Pascal Le Fou Gélinas 425 0.9
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,470 100.0     $253,763.89
Total rejected ballots 741
Turnout 51,481 62.25 +2.4
Eligible voters 82,695
Source: Elections Canada[13][14]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Christine Moore 24,763 51.22 +41.72
Bloc Québécois Marc Lemay 15,258 31.56 -16.35
Conservative Steven Hébert 4,777 9.88 -9.05
Liberal Suzie Grenon 2,859 5.91 -14.82
Green Patrick Rochon 694 1.44 -0.79
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,351 100.00
Total rejected ballots 654 1.33
Turnout 49,005 59.85
     New Democratic Party gain from Bloc Québécois Swing +29.0
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Marc Lemay 20,929 47.91 -4.42 $96,091
Liberal Gilbert Barrette 9,055 20.73 +6.92 $29,810
Conservative Pierre Grandmaitre 8,267 18.93 -3.66 $742
New Democratic Christine Moore 4,151 9.50 +0.96 $3,377
Green Bruno Côté 976 2.23 -0.50 $742
Independent Ghislain Loiselle 302 0.69 $644
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,680 100.00 $101,466
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Marc Lemay 24,637 52.33 -5.32 $73,954
Conservative Marie-Josée Carbonneau 10,634 22.59 +17.01 $6,194
Liberal Charles Lavergne 6,501 13.81 -17.17 $21,500
New Democratic Christine Moore 4,022 8.54 +5.15 $2,782
Green Patrick Rancourt 1,283 2.73 +0.34 $710
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,077 100.00 $94,667
Bloc Québécois hold Swing -11.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Election 2011: Abitibi—Témiscamingue. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
  2. ^ "Christine Moore". www.parl.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Rookie MP jumps in with both feet". Canadian Nurse. September 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "MPs send soldiers to war, but few have gone themselves". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. November 10, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Christine-Moore(232)/Motions?sessionId=151&documentId=6657428
  6. ^ "Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti maintains innocence, says he won't run again". Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Christie Blatchford: Christine Moore may not be the feminist conscience she branded herself to be". National Post. 2018-05-09. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  8. ^ DOUDARD, JEAN-LOUP (April 18, 2016). "NDP MP Moore says Parliamentarian parents need more help". www.hilltimes.com. 
  9. ^ "CHRISTINE MOORE WANTS TO ELIMINATE TAX ON BABY PRODUCTS". March 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ Macdonald, Neil (May 8, 2018). "Jagmeet Singh says he always believes survivors. Well, here's another one". CBC News. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b NDP MP Christine Moore denies sexual misconduct, plans defamation lawsuit. CBC News, May 13, 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-investigation-clears-ndp-mp-christine-moore-of-inappropriate-behaviour/
  13. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Abitibi—Témiscamingue, 30 September 2015
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

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