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|Member of the Canadian Parliament
2 May 2011
|Preceded by||Daniel Paillé|
|New Democratic Party Whip|
12 November 2015
|Preceded by||Nycole Turmel|
October 3, 1955 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Profession||museum interpretive guide, teacher, union organizer|
Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (born 3 October 1955) is a Canadian anthropologist, unionist and politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election. She represents the electoral district of Hochelaga as a member of the New Democratic Party. Since November 2015, she is also the NDP's Whip. She is married and has two grown sons.
After obtaining her Master's degree of anthropology at the University of Alberta, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet participated in various archeological digs in Canada and the United-States. She also taught at the University of Alberta's francophone campus and at Grant McEwan University. From 1992 to 2011, Boutin-Sweet worked as a guide/animator at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum and was involved in union activities. Co-founder and treasurer of the museum’s employees union, which is affiliated with the Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (CSD), she was a member of the pay equity and bargaining committees. With the CSD, she sat on the committee on the status of women and served as trainer, auditor and vice-president, trade and services. Until 2011, Marjolaine has worked both as an archeologist and as a train-unionist for the Pointe-à-Callière museum.
In 2011, she decided to put her name forward as a candidate for the New Democratic Party in the federal district of Hochelaga. In the 41st Canadian federal election, she was elected with 48,17% of the votes, defeating the incumbent candidate Daniel Paillé, from the Bloc Québécois. She was re-elected in Hochelaga in the 42nd Canadian federal election, an election that was subject to a recount, in which she was declared the victor by 500 votes, giving her 30.89% of the vote. On 12 November 2015, she was named Chief Whip for the NDP, as well as being asked to continue her role as Housing Critic.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Hochelaga|
|New Democratic||Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet||16,034||30.89||-16.59||–|
|Bloc Québécois||Simon Marchand||14,389||27.72||-3.04||–|
|Communist||Marianne Breton Fontaine||179||0.34||-0.05||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||51,904||100.0||$219,055.87|
|Total rejected ballots||877||–||–|
|These results were subject to a judicial recount, and modified from the validated results in accordance with the Judge's rulings. The margin of Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet over Marwah Rizqy decreased from 541 votes to 500 votes as a result of the recount.|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Hochelaga|
|New Democratic||Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet||22,314||48.17||+33.72||$18,453|
|Bloc Québécois||Daniel Paillé||14,451||31.20||−18.53||$46,974|
|Green||Yaneisy Delgado Dihigo||798||1.72||−2.54||none listed|
|Rhinoceros||Hugo Samson Veillette||246||0.53||+0.03||none listed|
|Communist||Marianne Breton Fontaine||180||0.39||−0.01||$1,772|
|Marxist–Leninist||Christine Dandenault||143||0.31||−0.08||none listed|
|Total valid votes||46,322||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||725|
|Electors on the lists||80,515|
|Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada. Percentage change figures refer to voting shifts as compared with the 2008 general election, not the 2009 by-election.|
- Election 2011: Hochelaga. The Globe and Mail, 2 May 2011.
- "Quebec NDP winners: From lawyer to pub worker". The Gazette. May 5, 2011.
- Kirkup, Kristy (12 November 2015). "Tom Mulcair taps Nathan Cullen, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron for top critic roles". CBC News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- "Judicial Recount to Be Held in the Electoral District of Hochelaga". Elections Canada. October 29, 2015.
- "Judicial recount confirms NDP's Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet won in Hochelaga". CBC News. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Hochelaga, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
- Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet // Official Website
- Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet – Parliament of Canada biography
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