|Member of the Canadian Parliament
May 30, 2011 – November 4, 2015
|Preceded by||Marlene Jennings|
|Succeeded by||District abolished|
February 14, 1985 |
Quebec City, Quebec
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
Isabelle Morin (born February 14, 1985) is a Canadian politician, who represented the Quebec riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine in the House of Commons of Canada under the banner of the New Democratic Party from May 2011 to November 2015. She defeated the local long-time liberal MP Marlene Jennings by more than 4,000 votes in the 2011 federal election.
Morin has a diploma in literature from Cégep François-Xavier Garneau in Quebec City and a bachelor of education from the Université de Sherbrooke. During her university studies, she was executive vice-president of the students’ federation (FEUS) and sat on the board of directors of the Fédération universitaire du Québec. In 2007 she co-founded Vélorution, an organization promoting the rights of bicyclists in Sherbrooke.
Before becoming a politician Morin taught French and drama at the secondary school Cavelier-De LaSalle. She also taught at the adult education 'Centre Louis-Jolliet' and 'Centre Saint-Michel' and the 'Centre de détention Sherbrooke' on rue Talbot.
Prior to being elected Member of Parliament, Morin took part in various humanitarian missions abroad and visited more than 25 countries including Guatemala where she learnt a lot about fair trade. While travelling she came to appreciate the importance of intercultural exchange and cooperation.
As the Official Opposition’s deputy critic for Seniors, Morin fought to restore the retirement age from 67 to 65. She also served as the NDP critic for animal welfare and was president of the NDP Youth Caucus.
Moreover, since 2011 Morin has served as a member of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Her work in this role focused, in particular, on road, bridge and aviation safety. Deeming this issue one of her key priorities, Morin urged the Conservative government of Stephen Harper via Bill C-305 to adopt a national strategy on transport in 2012. She has been involved in numerous initiatives including federal funding for the new Champlain Bridge as well as considerable investments in the infrastructure in her riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine.
Morin also pays close attention to environmental issues in her constituency be it air or water quality or noise pollution. Most notably, she has been a strong advocate for the preservation of Dorval Municipal Golf Course, whose green space is facing destruction due to the decision of the Airport of Montreal (ADM) to repurpose the land for new screening facilities. Morin has been supporting the Save Our Green Space campaign launched by local citizens. She tabled several petitions in the House of Commons, sent a letter to federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and participated in a demonstration on Parliament Hill to draw the government’s attention to the problem.
- The conservative government’s budget cuts for aerospace industry and employment insurance;
- Lack of coherent legal framework concerning animal rights.
2015 general election
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Isabelle Morin||17,943||39.73%||+24.57%|
|Bloc Québécois||Gabrielle Ladouceur-Despins||3,983||8.82%||-7.07%|
|Independent||David Andrew Lovett||207||0.46%||–|
|Total valid votes||45,159||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||464||1.02%||+0.12%|
Source: Elections Canada
- "A new face in NDG-Lachine - Local - The West Island Chronicle". www.westislandchronicle.com. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
- "Political drive to save Dorval golf course heads to Ottawa". Retrieved 2015-10-06.
- "THE NDP SUPPORTS THE WEST ISLAND MUNICIPALITIES’ DECISION TO JOIN THE LAWSUITS AGAINST CANADA POST". Retrieved 2015-10-06.
- "Isabelle Morin, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce--Lachine NDP | NDP REACTS TO THE LOSS OF 1,750 MORE JOBS AT BOMBARDIER". Retrieved 2015-10-06.
- "Isabelle Morin presses the government to take action on animal rights". Retrieved 2015-10-06.