Djaouida Sellah

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Djaouida Sellah
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert
In office
May 30, 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.[1] She represented the electoral district of Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert as a member of the New Democratic Party. She ran unsuccessfully in the new riding of Montarville in the 2015 election. She also served as the NDP's health critic from 2012 until 2013.

She was and remains to date, the only Canadian politician born in Algeria.[2]

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.[3]


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