Mylène Freeman

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Mylène Freeman
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
In office
May 2, 2011 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Mario Laframboise
Succeeded by riding abolished
Personal details
Born (1989-03-07) March 7, 1989 (age 28)
Stouffville, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party

Mylène Freeman (born March 7, 1989) was the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for the riding of Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel in Quebec. She was elected in the 2011 Canadian federal election after defeating incumbent Mario Laframboise of the Bloc Québécois.

Born in Stouffville, Ontario, she is fluent in both French and English.[1] She grew up fluently bilingual; she is the daughter of an Irish Canadian father and a French Canadian mother.[2]

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, where she studied political theory. She was co-president of NDP McGill (the New Democratic Party student group at the university) and coordinator of the university's Women in House program, which has young women shadow female MPs in hopes of fostering their interest in getting involved in politics.[1]

Freeman described her victory in 2011 as "very surreal" when she defeated powerful Bloc Québécois MP Mario Laframboise by 8,000 votes in Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel.[1]

In the 2009 Montreal municipal election, Freeman stood on behalf of Projet Montréal in Outremont[1] as a candidate for borough councillor in Claude-Ryan.[2]

She was one of five McGill students, alongside Charmaine Borg, Laurin Liu, Matthew Dubé and Jamie Nicholls, elected to Parliament in the 2011 election following the NDP's unexpected mid-campaign surge in Quebec.[1] In the 2015 election, Dubé was reelected while Freeman and the other three were defeated.

While Freeman was a former co-president of NDP McGill,[1] Borg and Dubé were the incumbent co-presidents of NDP McGill at the time that they both won election to Parliament and spent the campaign working to re-elect Thomas Mulcair in the nearby riding of Outremont.[3][4][5] In 2015 she was named opposition critic for the status of women.[6]

Electoral Record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Mirabel
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Bloc Québécois Simon Marcil 18,710 31.49 +0.48
New Democratic Mylène Freeman 17,873 30.08 -19.47
Liberal Karl Trudel 15,514 26.11 +18.36
Conservative Gordon Ferguson 6,020 10.13 +0.91
Green Jocelyn Gifford 1,301 2.19 +0.17
Total valid votes/Expense limit 59,418 100.0   $225,548.06
Total rejected ballots 1,178
Turnout 60,596
Eligible voters 87,622
Bloc Québécois gain from New Democratic Swing +9.98
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Mylène Freeman 25,801 44.24 +31.84 $0.00
Bloc Québécois Mario Laframboise 16,876 28.94 -19.16 $77,499.72
Liberal Daniel Fox 7,175 12.30 -5.85 $67,191.80
Conservative Yvan Patry 6,497 11.14 -6.29 $30,881.78
Green Stephen Matthews 1,506 2.58 -1.16 $888.62
Independent Michel Daniel Guibord 342 0.59 $1,904.02
Marxist–Leninist Christian-Simon Ferlatte 123 0.21 +0.03 $0.00
Total valid vote/Expense limit 58,320 100.00

Source: Elections Canada

Mylène was defeated in the 2015 election by Simon Marcil of the Bloc Québecois.


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