Jonathan Genest-Jourdain

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Jonathan Genest-Jourdain
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Manicouagan
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Gérard Asselin
Personal details
Born (1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 36)
Uashat-Maliotenam, Quebec
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Sept-Îles, Quebec
Alma mater Université Laval
Profession Lawyer

Jonathan Genest-Jourdain, MP (born July 16, 1979) is a Canadian politician from Quebec. Genest-Jourdain has served as the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Manicouagan and as a member of the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet since 2011.


Jonathan Genest-Jourdain entered municipal politics in Sept-Îles in 2009. Through his legal work, Genest-Jourdain has been an ardent activist for Aboriginal, Quebec and Canadian heritage issues.

Genest-Jourdain defeated Bloc Québécois incumbent MP Gérard Asselin at the 2011 Canadian federal election, becoming the first-ever NDP member to represent the Manicouagan riding. Along with fellow NDP member Romeo Saganash, Genest-Jourdain is one of two First Nations members currently representing Quebec in the House of Commons of Canada. He is a member of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.[1]

A member of the Innu Nation, Genest-Jourdain is a lawyer originally from the reserve village of Uashat-Maliotenam located in the Sept-Rivières Regional County Municipality.[2] Genest-Jourdain obtained a law degree from Université Laval in 2004 and started a graduate certificate in corporate law. He has been a member of the Bar of Quebec since 2007. Genest-Jourdain has devoted himself to the application of professional principles, including social intervention.

Genest-Jourdain is the only Innu currently in Parliament. Peter Penashue, a Conservative member from Newfoundland and Labrador, had been elected with him in the 2011 Canadian federal election.[3]

Genest-Jourdain was a supporter of Outremont MP Thomas Mulcair's candidacy for federal leadership of the NDP to succeed the late Jack Layton.[4]

Shadow Cabinet[edit]

Shortly after entering Parliament in May 2011, Genest-Jourdain was appointed Deputy Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development by Layton.[5]

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jonathan Genest-Jourdain 16,438 48.93% +44.13%
Bloc Québécois Gérard Asselin 10,496 31.25% -18.05%
Conservative Gordon Ferguson 3,879 11.55% -15.45%
Liberal André Forbes[fn 1] 1,881 5.6% -9.7%
Green Jacques Gélineau 898 2.67% -0.93%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 33,592 100.0%


  1. ^ André Forbes was nominated as a Liberal, but lost party support just before the nomination deadline. Instead of resigning, he continued to run as an Independent. He appears on the ballot as a Liberal.[6][7]


  1. ^ Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANO) (accessed 13 January 2012)
  2. ^ CBC News (April 27, 2011). "Native candidates stir northern voter interest". Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Akin, David. "A style note: Aboriginal vs Indian, Metis, Inuit and Innu" Canadian Online Explorer, May 18, 2011. (accessed 13 January 2012)
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Megan. "Mulcair kicks off NDP leadership bid with 33 MPs", CBC News, October 13, 2011. (accessed 14 January 2012)
  5. ^ Layton unveils shadow economic development team, deputy critics (accessed 13 January 2012)
  6. ^ Booted Liberal candidate still in the race., 11 April 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  7. ^ Controversial Quebec Liberal to remain in race. CBC News, 11 April 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.

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