Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet

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Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Hochelaga
Assumed office
2 May 2011
Preceded byDaniel Paillé
New Democratic Party Whip
Assumed office
12 November 2015
LeaderTom Mulcair
Preceded byNycole Turmel
Personal details
Born (1955-10-03) October 3, 1955 (age 63)
Abitibi, Quebec
Political partyNew Democratic Party
Professionmuseum interpretive guide, teacher, union organizer

Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet MP (born 3 October 1955) is a Canadian anthropologist, unionist, and politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 election.[1] 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.


After obtaining her Master's degree of anthropology at the University of Alberta, Boutin-Sweet participated in various archeological digs in Canada and the United States. She also taught at the University of Alberta Campus Saint-Jean and at Grant McEwan University.[2] From 1992 to 2011, Boutin-Sweet worked as a guide/animator at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum and was involved in union activities.[3] 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 worked both as an archeologist and as a trade-unionist for the Pointe-à-Callière museum.[4]

Political career[edit]

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.

After the 2015 election, Boutin-Sweet was appointed the NDP Whip as well as the critic for Housing in the 42nd Canadian Parliament.[5]

Personal life[edit]

She is married and has two grown sons.

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Hochelaga
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet 16,034 30.89 -16.59
Liberal Marwah Rizqy 15,534 29.93 +18.20
Bloc Québécois Simon Marchand 14,389 27.72 -3.04
Conservative Alexandre Dang 3,555 6.85 -0.35
Green Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny 1,654 3.19 +1.52
Rhinoceros Nicolas Lemay 411 0.79 +0.26
Communist Marianne Breton Fontaine 179 0.34 -0.05
Marxist–Leninist Christine Dandenault 148 0.29 -0.02
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,904 100.0   $219,055.87
Total rejected ballots 877
Turnout 52,781
Eligible voters 82,783
These results were subject to a judicial recount,[6] 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.[7]
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]
2011 Canadian federal election: Hochelaga
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
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
Liberal Gilbert Thibodeau 5,064 10.93 −9.74 $17,622
Conservative Audrey Castonguay 3,126 6.75 −2.45 $5,647
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
Turnout 47,047 58.43 +0.19
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.


  1. ^ Election 2011: Hochelaga. The Globe and Mail, 2 May 2011.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Quebec NDP winners: From lawyer to pub worker". The Gazette. May 5, 2011.
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Judicial Recount to Be Held in the Electoral District of Hochelaga". Elections Canada. October 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Judicial recount confirms NDP's Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet won in Hochelaga". CBC News. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Hochelaga, 30 September 2015
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine

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