Linda Lapointe

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Linda Lapointe
Deputy Government Whip
In office
August 31, 2018 – October 21, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byFilomena Tassi
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
In office
October 19, 2015 – October 21, 2019
Preceded byLaurin Liu
Succeeded byLuc Desilets
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Groulx
In office
April 25, 2007 – November 5, 2008
Preceded byPierre Descoteaux
Succeeded byRené Gauvreau
Personal details
Born (1960-07-02) July 2, 1960 (age 59)
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada
Other political
Quebec Liberal Party
Action démocratique du Québec

Linda Lapointe (born July 2, 1960)[1] is a Canadian businesswoman and politician from Quebec. She was an Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) Member of the National Assembly for the electoral district of Groulx from 2007 to 2008. She was elected as the federal Member of Parliament (MP) for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles in the 2015 election, as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, and sat until the 2019 Canadian federal election when she lost her seat.


Lapointe has a college diploma in health sciences from the CEGEP Ahuntsic. In 1986, she received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Université de Montréal. Since her teenage years, she has been working at her father's grocery store Provigo. From 1988 to 1997, she worked as the director of the store. She officially took over the family business in 1997, she became the owned and director of Provigo Lapointe et Fille. She sold the store in 2006.

Community involvement[edit]

In addition to her career as a manager, Lapointe was treasurer and member of the Board of the Association des détaillants en alimentation du Québec (Quebec food retailers association) from 2002 to 2006. In 2013, this association has appointed her as a member of its Hall of Fame. In her community, she has been president for the Regrouprement des gens d'affaires of Boisbriand from 2009 to 2015. Since she was 26, she has been actively involved in her community, notably as organizer of Déjeuner de partage.

Political career[edit]

Lapointe was first elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2007 election as a member of Action démocratique du Québec in the riding of Groulx. Lapointe took office on April 12, 2007 and was named the critic for economic development and the Montreal region until 2008.[2] She was also the assistant whip of the official opposition party.

Lapointe was defeated in the 2008 election.

She changed parties and ran for the Liberal Party of Quebec in the 2012 Quebec general election and was again defeated.

MP for the 42nd Canadian Parliament[edit]

On October 15, 2015, she was elected on the 2015 federal election as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada for the riding of Rivière-des-Mille-Îles. She defeated NDP incumbent Laurin Liu.[3] After her election, she was selected by Prime Minister Trudeau's cabinet to sit on two House of Commons parliamentary committees: Standing Committee of Official Languages and Standing Committee on International Trade.

Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee of Official Languages[edit]

As a member of this committee, she studied the Government of Canada programs designed to promote francophone immigration to francophone minority communities in Canada, to establish a new Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality (2008-2013) in partnership with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly. Her responsibilities also included studying Air Canada's bilingual service and studying access to justice in both languages.

Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade[edit]

As a member of this committee, she, with the other members, directed studies and reports on various aspects of Canada’s international trade policy, such as the Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada et United States of America, the Transpacific Partnership, and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Private Member's Bill C-236[edit]

She introduced a private member's bill on the credit card acceptance fees on February 25, 2016 to members of the House of Commons. The bill was named An act to amend the Payment card Networks act.

Electoral record[edit]

2007 Quebec general election: Groulx
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Action démocratique Linda Lapointe 13,630 37.45 +18.07
Parti Québécois Rachel Gagnon 10,513 28.89 -9.78
Liberal Pierre Descoteaux 9,898 27.20 -12.34
Green Robert Harenclak 1,503 4.13
Québec solidaire Adam Veilleux 850 2.34 +1.09*
Total valid votes 36,394 99.15
Total rejected ballots 311 0.85
Turnout 36,705 75.35 +1.83
Electors on the lists 48,715
2008 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parti Québécois René Gauvreau 11,226 37.62 +8.73
Liberal Monique Laurin 10,823 36.27 +9.07
Action démocratique Linda Lapointe 6,036 20.23 -17.22
Green Carmen Brisebois 955 3.20 -0.93
Québec solidaire Adam Veilleux 701 2.35 +0.01
Parti indépendantiste Sébastien Hotte 102 0.34
Total valid votes 29,843 98.41
Total rejected ballots 481 1.59
Turnout 30,324 61.33 -14.02
Electors on the lists 49,441
2012 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Avenir Québec Hélène Daneault 16,711 38.02 +17.57
Parti Québécois Raymond Archambault 14,948 34.01 -4.05
Liberal Linda Lapointe 8,776 19.97 -15.70
Québec solidaire Sylvie Giguère 1,892 4.30 +1.92
Option nationale Alain Marginean 895 2.04
Green Alec Ware 591 1.34 -1.80
Independent Alex Munteanu 140 0.32
Total valid votes 43,953 98.85
Total rejected ballots 511 1.15
Turnout 44,464 79.08  
Electors on the lists 56,228
Coalition Avenir Québec gain from Parti Québécois Swing +10.81

^ Change is from redistributed results. CAQ change is from ADQ.

2015 Canadian federal election: Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Linda Lapointe 18,787 32.37 +21.27
New Democratic Laurin Liu 17,111 29.48 -19.64
Bloc Québécois Félix Pinel 14,755 25.42 -1.70
Conservative Érick Gauthier 6,099 10.51 +0.21
Green Alec Ware 1,136 1.96 -0.41
Independent Luis Quinteros 158 0.27 n/a
Total valid votes/Expense limit 58,046 100.00;   $216,995.77
Total rejected ballots 927 1.57
Turnout 58,973 72.42
Eligible voters 81,429
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +20.45
Source: Elections Canada[4][5]


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  2. ^ Au tour de l'ADQ, Radio-Canada, April 12, 2007
  3. ^ Kestler-D'Amours, Jillian (October 20, 2015). "Joe Oliver, Olivia Chow and more surprising election night upsets". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, 30 September 2015
  5. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine

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