|Member of the Canadian Parliament
May 30, 2011 – October 20, 2015
|Preceded by||Josée Beaudin|
November 9, 1962 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
Sadia Groguhé (born November 9, 1962), is a French-Canadian politician. In the 2011 federal election, she was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as the Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Saint-Lambert under the banner of the New Democratic Party.
Education and experience
Groguhé has a master’s in psychology and in France worked in the area of social and occupational integration for youth and adults in distress. Trained in transactional analysis as a therapeutic tool, she also worked as a trainer for individual and group sessions.
A community activist, she was notably chair of the Istres equality association.
Drawing no distinction between civic and political engagement, she ran as an independent candidate in 1994’s cantonal election. Noticed by Jacques Siffre, Istres’ socialist mayor, she ran municipally in 1995. She was elected and was a municipal councillor responsible for integration until 2000. She left her position after the birth of her children.
She and her husband, who is originally from the Ivory Coast, decided to leave France so their children would not be discriminated against because of their background. They submitted their visa requests in 2003 and immigrated in 2005.
Naturalized in 2010, Sadia Groguhé joined the NDP. She was a candidate for the party in the 2011 federal election in the Montreal riding of Saint-Lambert and defeated the incumbent Bloc MP, Josée Beaudin, by receiving 42.65% of the vote.
Appointed the NDP’s deputy immigration, citizenship and multiculturalism critic, she was also Deputy House Leader. Following Jack Layton's death, she supported Thomas Mulcair in the 2012 NDP leadership race.
The daughter of Algerian immigrants, she was one of 12 children. She is married and has four children.