Madeleine Meilleur
Ontario MPP
In office
2003–2016
Preceded byClaudette Boyer
Succeeded byNathalie Des Rosiers
ConstituencyOttawa—Vanier
Ottawa City Councillor
In office
2001–2003
Preceded byStéphane Émard-Chabot
Succeeded byGeorges Bédard
ConstituencyRideau-Vanier Ward
Vanier City Councillor
In office
1991–1994
Preceded byMarc Grandmaître
Succeeded byRobert Crête
ConstituencyWilliam D'Aoust Ward
Ottawa-Carleton Regional Councillor
In office
1991–2000
Preceded byGuy Cousineau
Succeeded byPosition abolished
ConstituencyVanier (1991-1994)
Rideau-Vanier Ward (1994-2000)
Personal details
Born (1948-11-22) November 22, 1948 (age 72)
Kiamika, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationRegistered Nurse, Lawyer

Madeleine Meilleur (born November 22, 1948) is a Canadian nurse, lawyer and former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2016. She represented the riding of Ottawa—Vanier. She was a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne.

In May 2017, she was nominated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to become Canada's next Official Languages Commissioner. Her appointment had to be approved by the House of Commons and Senate to become official.[1] On June 7, 2017, she withdrew her name from consideration due to controversy around her selection.[2]

Background

Meilleur was born in the Quebec community of Kiamika. She is both a registered nurse and a lawyer, specializing in labour and employment law and has served on the Ottawa-Carleton Regional District Health Council, the Champlain District Health Council, the Ottawa-Carleton Children's Aid Society and the Vanier Housing Corporation.

Municipal politics

Meilleur was elected to the city of Vanier's municipal council in 1991, and also served as a council member in the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (which included members from Vanier and other local municipalities).[3] In 2000, she was acclaimed as a city councillor in the newly amalgamated city of Ottawa.[4] During her time in municipal government, Meilleur represented the council on the French-Language Services Advisory Committee. She received the United Way's Community Builder's Award in 2001.[5]

Provincial politics

McGuinty government

In the 2003 provincial election, Meilleur was elected in the riding of Ottawa—Vanier as the Liberal Party candidate.[6]

The Liberal party won the election, and Meilleur was appointed Minister of Culture with responsibility for Francophone Affairs on October 23, 2003.[7] In November 2003, Meilleur announced that provincial grants would be made available to libraries in rural communities. In April 2004, she announced the extension of demolition controls on heritage buildings. In 2008, she became the province's first cabinet minister ever to attend an international summit of La Francophonie.

On April 5, 2006, Meilleur was appointed Minister of Community and Social Services.[8] She was reelected to her Ottawa—Vanier riding in the 2007 provincial election.[9]

After she was re-elected in the 2011 provincial election,[10] she was appointed Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Wynne government

When Kathleen Wynne took over as Premier in 2013, Meilleur continued in her position as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.[11] She was re-elected in the 2014 provincial election.[12] On June 24, 2014 she was appointed Attorney General of Ontario, the first francophone to hold the position.[13]

In 2016, she was criticized over her initial refusal and subsequent delay in releasing the Special Investigations Unit's report on the police shooting of Andrew Loku.[14]

On June 9, 2016, Meilleur announced her retirement after 25 years in politics. Her resignation from the legislature coincided with a June 2016 cabinet shuffle.[14][15]

Cabinet positions

Ontario provincial government of Kathleen Wynne Cabinet post (1) Predecessor Office Successor John Gerretsen Attorney General2014–2016Also responsible for Francophone Affairs Yasir Naqvi Ontario provincial government of Dalton McGuinty Cabinet posts (3) Predecessor Office Successor Jim Bradley Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services2013–2014Also Responsible for Francophone Affairs Yasir Naqvi Sandra Pupatello Minister of Community and Social Services2006–2011 John Milloy David Tsubouchi Minister of Culture2003–2006Also Responsible for Francophone Affairs Caroline Di Cocco

Commissioner of Official Languages

Meilleur was nominated to become the Commissioner of Official Language by the federal government on May 15, 2017. Her appointment was challenged as failing to be sufficiently non-partisan due to Meilleur's links to the ruling Liberal Party of Canada.[16] She withdrew her name from consideration on June 7, 2017.[2] In the end, this position was filled by Raymond Théberge.[17]

Electoral record

2014 Ontario general election: Ottawa—Vanier
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 21,810 55.55 +4.04
Progressive Conservative Martin Forget 8,750 22.29 -1.16
New Democratic Hervé Ngamby 5,228 13.32 -6.29
Green Dave Bagler 3,144 8.01 +3.49
Libertarian Phillip Richard 329 0.84
Total valid votes 39,261 98.70
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 517 1.30 +0.88
Turnout 39,778 48.86 +2.05
Eligible voters 81,412  
Liberal hold Swing +2.60
Source(s)
"Valid Votes Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
2011 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 19,615 51.4
Progressive Conservative Fred Sherman 8,931 23.4
New Democratic Paul Étienne Laliberté-Tipple 7,525 19.7
Green Dave Bagler 1,719 4.5
Family Coalition Emmanuel Houle 352 0.9
Total valid votes 38,142 100.0
2007 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 20,951 50.8 -1.7
Progressive Conservative Bruce Poulin 9,169 22.2 -4.0
New Democratic Ric Dagenais 6,144 14.9 -0.8
Green Leonard Poole 4,287 10.4 +5.9
Family Coalition Frank Cioppa 400 1.0
Independent Robert Larter 256 0.6
Total valid votes 38,142 100.0
2003 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 22,188 53.5 +0.5
Progressive Conservative Maurice Lamirande 10,878 26.2 -5.6
New Democratic Joseph Zebrowski 6,507 15.7 +5.2
Green Raphael Thierrin 1,876 4.5 +2.1
Total valid votes 41,449 100.0

References

  1. ^ "Liberals nominate Madeleine Meilleur as official languages commissioner". CBC News. 15 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Tasker, John Paul (7 June 2017). "Madeleine Meilleur takes herself out of the running for languages commissioner job". CBC News.
  3. ^ Asimakopulos, Anna (13 November 1991). "Vanier: Cousineau comes from behind". The Ottawa Citizen. p. B4.
  4. ^ "Ward 12:Rideau-Vanier: Meilleur acclaimed". The Ottawa Citizen. 14 November 2000. p. B5.
  5. ^ "Sidelines". The Ottawa Citizen. 27 September 2001. p. C7.
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. 2 October 2003. Retrieved 2 March 2014.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Premier Dalton McGuinty and his 22-member cabinet were sworn in Thursday". Canadian Press NewsWire. 23 October 2003. p. 1.
  8. ^ Macaluso, Grace (6 April 2006). "MPP gets new post: Sandra Pupatello: Ont. cabinet's most powerful woman". The Windsor Star. p. 1.
  9. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. 10 October 2007. p. 11 (xx). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. 6 October 2011. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ont. 12 February 2013. p. A3.
  12. ^ "General Election by District: Ottawa-Vanier". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2014.
  13. ^ Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (24 June 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star.
  14. ^ a b Robert Benzie (9 June 2016). "Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur resigning from politics". Toronto Star.
  15. ^ "Struggling Wynne Shuffles Cabinet, Adds 7 New Ministers". Toronto Star. 13 June 2016.
  16. ^ Hebert, Chantal (24 May 2017). "Madeleine Meilleur's appointment fails the non-partisan smell test: Hébert". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Raymond Théberge named Canada's official languages commissioner". CBC News. Retrieved 1 March 2018.