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Bélanger at the 2009 Federal NDP's Convention
|National Director of the New Democratic Party|
|Preceded by||Anne McGrath|
|Political party||New Democratic Party (1993-present)|
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, 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 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 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.
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.
Bélanger lives in Chelsea, Quebec.
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