Djaouida Sellah

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Djaouida Sellah
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert
In office
May 2, 2011 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Carole Lavallée
Succeeded by Riding dissolved
Personal details
Born Algiers, Algeria
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Longueuil, Quebec
Profession Physician, Lecturer, Citizen Mediator

Djaouida Sellah is a former Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election

Early life and career[edit]

Sellah was born in Algiers, Algeria. Her mother was a midwife and her father was killed in the Algerian War of Independence. She was a volunteer doctor for the Red Crescent during the Gulf War in Baghdad. She then went to Kuala Lumpur with her husband who was working as a translator. The two came to Quebec in 1998. Sellah has three children. At the time of her election, she was president of the Association québécoise des médecins diplômés hors Canada et États-Unis, supporting the recognition of qualifications of foreign-trained doctors.[1]

Federal Politics[edit]

Sellah was elected in the 2011 Election,[2] for the Electorial District of Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert as part of the Orange Wave that swept Quebec, defeating Three-Term Bloc MP Carole Lavallée. Sellah was the first Canadian Politician elected who was born in Algeria.[3] Following the death of Jack Layton, Sellah endorsed Tom Mulcair to be the next leader of the NDP

Sellah served on the Health Committee for the 1st session of the 41st Parliament, and she then served on the Standing Committee of the Status of Women, for the remainder of the Parliament. She also served as the Health Critic for the NDP from 2012 until 2013.

Sellah ran in the 2015 election in the new Riding of Montarville, but placed third losing to Liberal Michel Picard who she also defeated in 2011. She blamed her loss on Strategic voting, were voters ditched the NDP for the Liberals.[4]

Post Commons[edit]

Sellah ran for President of the NDP to replace Rebecca Blaikie but ultimately lost to Marit Stiles.

As of 2017 Sellah is the Vice-President of the New Democratic Party of Quebec[5]


  1. ^ Christine Bouthillier (29 April 2011). "Travailler ensemble" [Working together]. Le Journal de Saint Bruno / Saint Basile (in French). Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ Election 2011: Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
  3. ^ [1] Canadian MPs born in Algeria
  4. ^ [2] Djaouida Sellah defeated in Montarville/
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