Karl Bélanger

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Karl Bélanger
Bélanger at the 2009 Federal NDP's Convention
National Director of the New Democratic Party
Assumed office
Leader Tom Mulcair
Preceded by Anne McGrath
Personal details
Born c. 1975
Quebec City
Political party New Democratic Party (1993-present)

Karl Bélanger (born 1975) is the President of the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation.[1]

He was the interim National Director of the New Democratic Party of Canada from January 23, 2016[2] to September 12, 2016.[3]

He was principal secretary to NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair during his tenure as Leader of the Official Opposition. Bélanger was a member of NDP Leader Jack Layton's team, serving as senior press secretary. He also was his principal secretary for Quebec in spring 2009,[4] ahead of the Quebec Orange Crush. He remained senior press secretary under the interim leadership of Nycole Turmel, who later gave him one of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals every member of parliament was allowed to hand out.

He was the spokesman for Alexa McDonough when she was NDP Leader and has worked for the party since the 1997 federal election. Bélanger is a native of Quebec City.[citation needed]

He was a candidate in the 1993 federal election in the riding of Jonquière, and in the 1996 federal by-election in Lac-Saint-Jean. He was president of the New Democratic Youth of Québec[5] from 1994 to 1998 and vice-president of the New Democratic Youth of Canada from 1995 to 1997.

As a party spokesperson, he appears regularly on CPAC's political panels and on CTV's Power Play, and is a regular columnist in The Hill Times. He is also a regular guest on radio stations including CJAD, CFRA and CINW.

He earned a B.A. in political science from Université Laval in Quebec City in 1997. He previously had received a college degree in arts and media technology at the Jonquière CEGEP in 1995.

Alan Kellogg of the Edmonton Journal called Bélanger "a Great Canadian" for his longtime work as assistant to the NDP leader.[6]

Bélanger placed numerous times on the Terrific Twenty-Five Staffers List, as put together by the Hill Times, based on a survey of parliamentary staff. He was listed as #3 in 2014.

He is portrayed by Joel S. Keller in the 2013 CBC Television film Jack.

Bélanger lives in Chelsea, Quebec.


  1. ^ The Douglas-Coldwell Foundation elects Karl Bélanger as President Douglas-Coldwell Foundation, November 24, 2016.
  2. ^ NDP designates Karl Bélanger as National Director. New Democratic Party of Canada, January 23, 2016
  3. ^ NDP names Robert Fox new national director. 'iPolitics', September 12, 2016
  4. ^ Jack Layton: gagner des votes au Québec
  5. ^ Nirvana au NPD Au fil des évenements, October 3, 1996
  6. ^ NDP remains national debate pacesetter. Edmonton Journal, January 21, 2007