|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Papineau|
|Preceded by||Mark Assad|
|Succeeded by||Mark Assad|
March 10, 1940|
July 20, 2015 (aged 75)|
Gatineau, Québec, Canada
|Political party||Parti Québécois|
Alfred was born in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, to Oracius Alfred and Prunelie Occean. He completed his college studies and some university courses at Port-au-Prince before moving to Ottawa where he obtained a degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa. He also received a master's degree in psycho-pedagogy as well as a PH.D in education.
Prior to his entry into politics, he taught for several years in Haiti and in the Outaouais region. He taught again after his political career and was a school board commissioner for the Commission Scolaire des Draveurs.
In 1975, he was elected as a councillor for Gatineau City Council and later entered provincial politics where he was elected in Papineau as a Parti Québécois candidate, becoming the first Black person to be elected to the National Assembly of Quebec. He served a full term as a PQ and Independent member but was defeated in the newly formed riding of Chapleau which portions were split from Gatineau and Papineau. He was a candidate again in 1989, but lost to the Liberal, John Kehoe. He made a brief attempt at federal politics but failed to become a Bloc Québécois prior to the 1997 elections.
Electoral record (partial)
|Quebec general election, 1981: Chapleau|
|Parti Québécois||Jean Alfred||12,880||44.80|
|Union Nationale||André Lortie||413||1.44|
|Total valid votes||28,752||100.00|
|Rejected and declined votes||237|
|Electors on the lists||37,937|
|Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.|
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
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