Jennifer French (politician)

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Jennifer French
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Oshawa
Assumed office
June 12, 2014
Preceded by Jerry Ouellette
Personal details
Born (1978-06-05) June 5, 1978 (age 40)
[citation needed]
Winchester, Ontario
Political party New Democratic
Residence Oshawa, Ontario
Profession Teacher

Jennifer French (born 1978) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2014. She represents the riding of Oshawa.


French was born in Winchester, Ontario near Ottawa. She grew up in the United States after moving there with her family. She returned to Canada to attend Queen's University where she earned a bachelor's degree in biology. She spent three years teaching in Japan before returning to earn a master's degree in science with a teaching specialty. She moved to Oshawa where she spent eight years teaching elementary school.[1][2]


French ran in the 2014 provincial election as the New Democratic candidate in the riding of Oshawa. She defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent Jerry Ouellette by 7,695 votes.[3][4]

She was the party's critic for pension issues, switched to critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services on March 23, 2015, and then to critic of Youth Engagement and critic of Citizenship and Immigration as of December 2, 2016.[5][6]

She was reelected in the 2018 election.


  1. ^ Vella, Erica (June 13, 2014). "Jennifer French wins Oshawa for NDP". 
  2. ^ Szekely, Reka (June 20, 2014). "Meet Jennifer French: Oshawa's new MPP". Clarington This Week. Metroland Media. 
  3. ^ "General Election by District: Oshawa". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Westhead, Rick (June 12, 2014). "PC's Elliott holds Whitby-Oshawa but NDP's French surprises in Oshawa in Ontario Election". Toronto Star. 
  5. ^ Reevely, David (June 25, 2014). "Horwath sticks around, names NDP shadow cabinet". 
  6. ^ "Jennifer K. French, MPP". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 

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