Eleni Bakopanos

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The Honourable
Eleni Bakopanos
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Denis
In office
Preceded by Marcel Prud'homme
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Ahuntsic
In office
Preceded by Michel Daviault
Succeeded by Maria Mourani
Personal details
Born 1954
Argos, Greece
Political party Liberal
Residence Montreal

Eleni Bakopanos, PC (born 1954 in Argos, Greece) is a Canadian politician.

Bakopanos was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the House of Commons of Canada, representing the riding of Ahuntsic from 1997 to 2006, and Saint-Denis from 1993 to 1997 and is the first Greek-born woman to be elected to Parliament. Bakopanos has been an executive, and a policy adviser. Formerly Assistant Deputy Chairman of Committees of the Whole, and a former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1997–1999). Bakopanos was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development with special emphasis on Social Economy on July 20, 2004. Bakopanos has served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.[2]

In the spring 2004, Bakopanos wrote a booklet titled Political Recruiting and Women in the Political Process.[3] She argues that women continue to face serious obstacles to full participation in public life. She suggests that women bring a different character to the policy making process and they should be encouraged to enter politics in greater numbers.

Bakopanos holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in political science and history from McGill University, where she also studied law. She is married and is the mother of two daughters.[2]

Bakopanos sought a return to parliament in the 2008 federal election, but was unsuccessful.

She ran in the provincial riding of Crémazie in the 2012 election for the Quebec Liberal Party but was defeated.


  1. ^ "Eleni Bakopanos on Orthodox Easter". Openparliament.ca. Retrieved 9 October 2011. Mr. Speaker, this week is Holy Week for Canadians of Greek Orthodox faith. In fact, it is Holy Week for all Eastern Orthodox religions. Sunday is the day we celebrate our Easter. 
  2. ^ a b Election 2006
  3. ^ 034072-E.vp


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