Hélène LeBlanc

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Hélène LeBlanc
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for LaSalle—Émard
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Lise Zarac
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Status of Women
Assumed office
29 October 2013
Minister Kellie Leitch
Preceded by Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
Personal details
Born (1958-03-27) March 27, 1958 (age 57)
Lyster, Quebec
Political party New Democratic Party

Hélène LeBlanc (born March 27, 1958) is a Canadian politician. She has served in the Canadian House of Commons since 2011, representing the riding of LaSalle—Émard as a member of the New Democratic Party. In the official opposition shadow cabinet, she is critic for Industry.

Early life and career[edit]

LeBlanc was born on March 27, 1958 in Lyster, Quebec.[1] Her father was a doctor and her mother was a school trustee and mayor of Lyster, sparking her interest in politics.[2] LeBlanc received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979 from Université Sainte-Anne and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa in 1983.

LeBlanc worked as an educator, teaching French in Vancouver and Ottawa. She has also served as an interpreter and guide for the Canada Museums of Science and Technology Corporation in Ottawa and the Canada Agriculture Museum.[2]

LeBlanc later received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and environment from McGill University in 2004. An agronomist by training, she served as a project manager for the Conseil d'assainissement et d'aménagement du ruisseau Lacorne prior to her election as MP.[2]

LeBlanc has also worked as an assistant to persons suffering from Alzheimers Baluchon Alzheimer and as an agro-environment officer with the Fédération de l’Union des producteurs agricoles de l’Outaouais-Laurentides.[2]

LeBlanc is an avid cyclist and a member of Vélo Québec.[2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

LeBlanc first entered politics in 2009 with Projet Montréal, seeking the position of borough councilor for the district of Saint-Paul-Émard.[3] Although her campaign was unsuccessful, she gained the attention of the New Democratic Party (NDP) and was chosen as their nominee in the 2011 House of Commons general election to represent the riding of LaSalle-Émard. LeBlanc was elected on May 2, 2011, defeating freshman incumbent Lise Zarac of the Liberal Party with 42.2% of the vote.[4] She assumed office on May 30, 2011.

On May 26, 2011, then-leader of the NDP Jack Layton named LeBlanc to his shadow cabinet as critic for Science and Technology.[5] She was later promoted to critic for Industry in 2012 by Layton’s successor, Thomas Mulcair.[6]

In these roles, LeBlanc has played a crucial role in the development of policy on science, technology, industry, and innovation for the NDP. She has defended the right of government scientists to speak freely to the media and public, worked to reform Canada’s research and development programs, and advocated for green initiatives in Canadian research.[7]

LeBlanc has become an active figure in the arena of science and technology, bringing visibility to the NDP in these areas. In 2011, she attended the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Conference as the official delegate of the NDP.[8] Also in 2011, LeBlanc was part of a keynote panel at the Canadian Science Policy Conference.[9] She has met to discuss science policy with numerous foreign diplomats including the Ambassador of the United States and the Ambassador of Mexico.[10]


  1. ^ http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1288ae77-cf32-4b10-a560-1f75c4d4459b&Language=E&Section=FederalExperience
  2. ^ a b c d e [1], About Hélène LeBlanc.
  3. ^ [2], Projet Montréal Presents its Sud-Ouest Borough Team.
  4. ^ [3], LaSalle-Émard.
  5. ^ [4], Hélène LeBlanc named critic for Science and Technology in NDP Shadow Cabinet.
  6. ^ [5], Hélène LeBlanc Gets Promotion as New NDP Industry Critic.
  7. ^ LeBlanc, Hélène and Dan Harris, "Government policy has failed to stimulate private spending in R&D for more than a decade", Innovation: The Hill Times Policy Briefing, 27 February 2012.
  8. ^ [6], Hélène LeBlanc représente le NPD auprès de 6 000 scientifiques réunis à Vancouver.
  9. ^ [7], Ma porte est toujours ouverte aux scientifiques, chercheurs et innovateurs.
  10. ^ [8], One Year After the May 2nd Election, Hélène LeBlanc is Proud of the Work Accomplished.