Jamie Nicholls

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Jamie Nicholls
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Vaudreuil-Soulanges
In office
May 2, 2011 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Meili Faille
Succeeded by Peter Schiefke
Personal details
Born (1971-10-15) October 15, 1971 (age 45)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political party New Democratic Party
Children One
Residence Saint-Lazare, Quebec
Profession Landscape architect

Jamie Nicholls (born October 15, 1971) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election to represent the electoral district of Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Quebec as a member of the New Democratic Party.[1][2] He was defeated in the 2015 election by Liberal Peter Schiefke.

Life and career[edit]

Raised in Saint-Lazare, Quebec, Nicholls joined the NDP at the age of 18 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts in 1995 and his master's degree in landscape architecture in 2007.[3]

After studying and working in Vancouver, South Korea, and Turkey, he returned to Quebec permanently in 2007. Before his election to Parliament, Nicholls worked in a variety of fields: arts and design teacher, environmental researcher, ecological intervention adviser, registered landscape architect (AAPQ) and was a board member of COBAVER (Conseil des bassins versants Vaudreuil-Soulanges).

To win his seat in the House of Commons, Nicholls defeated incumbent Bloc Québécois MP Meili Faille. He and Faille were friends in high school.[4]

Working as a landscape architect while he was enrolled at McGill University's School of Urban Planning, Nicholls was one of five current McGill students, alongside undergraduates Mylène Freeman, Matthew Dubé, Charmaine Borg and Laurin Liu, elected to Parliament in the 2011 election following the NDP's unexpected mid-campaign surge in Quebec.

Electoral History[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Vaudreuil—Soulanges
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Peter Schiefke 30,550 46.62 +34.23
New Democratic Jamie Nicholls 14,627 22.31 -21.19
Bloc Québécois Vincent François 9,858 15.04 -8.62
Conservative Marc Boudreau 9,048 13.81 -3.8
Green Jennifer Kaszel 1,445 2.21 -0.63
Total valid votes/Expense limit 65,528 100.0     $231,083.77
Total rejected ballots 714
Turnout 66,242
Eligible voters 89,766
Source: Elections Canada[5][6]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Vaudreuil—Soulanges
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jamie Nicholls 30,177 43.61 +33.98
Bloc Québécois Meili Faille 17,781 25.69 -15.65
Conservative Marc Boudreau 11,360 16.41 -7.28
Liberal Lyne Pelchat 8,023 11.59 -9.74
Green Jean-Yves Massenet 1,864 2.69 -1.32
Total valid votes/Expense limit 69,205 100.00
Total rejected ballots 763 1.09
Turnout 69,968 67.23