Marjolaine and her team
Member of Parliament for Hochelaga since 2011, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet is known for being a good listener and for her desire to work in partnership with the community to build a fairer and greener society.
Born on October 3, 1955, in Abitibi, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet is an archeologist by training. Unionist, feminist and fundamentally progressive, she works every day to make sure that the voices of the people of Hochelaga are heard in the House of Commons and to defend those who are too often left behind.
The oldest of a family of six children, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet grew up in a socially active environment as her parents and grandparents were very much involved in their community, particularly in the cooperative movement. Interested in archeology, art and Aboriginal culture, Marjolaine moved to Peterborough, Ontario, in 1974 to complete a bachelors’ degree of anthropology at Trent University. There she met Douglas Sweet, whom she married in 1977 and with whom she has two sons, Alec and Nicholas.
The Boutin-Sweet’s family then settled in southern Ontario, and later in Edmonton, Alberta. After obtaining her master’s degree of anthropology at the University of Alberta, Marjolaine 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 MacEwan University. The Boutin-Sweet family then moved to Repentigny, Quebec, and to Montreal a few years later.
In 1992, Marjolaine became a guide/interpreter at the Montreal’s museum of archaeology and history, Pointe-à-Callière, which had just opened its doors. 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.
At the request of Jack Layton’s team, she decided in 2011 to put her name forward as a candidate for the New Democratic Party. She chose to run in Hochelaga, a riding where the community and culture reflect her values. She was elected in 2011, and again in 2015.
In her first term, she was in charge of several files, including skills development, infrastructure and communities, persons with reduced mobility, and housing and homelessness. She also sat on several committees, including Heritage, Transport, Status of Women, and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. She is a member of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association and member of the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus.
On October 19, 2015, at the end of the longest election campaign in Canadian history and bolstered by her commitment to her riding in her first term, Marjolaine won the election in Hochelaga. She pledged to go to bat for more social housing funding, to fight to keep door-to-door mail delivery and to help the low-income families make ends meet.
Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet was sworn in on November 30, 2015, and sits with Tom Mulcair as the Chief Whip of the New Democrat opposition and the Housing Critic.
Douglas and Marjolaine, surrounded by :
- Catheryn Roy-Goyette // Constituency Assistant - Outreach and Media Relations
- François Soucy // Legislative and Parliamentary Assistant
- Philippe Marchand // Constituency Assistant - Communications and Administration
- Patrick Steben // Constituency Assistant - Casework
- Julien Fournier-Dorion (not pictured) // Constituency Assistant - Mobilization