A freelance translator, researcher, and journalist, the woman who knocked off Gilles Duceppe speaks four languages, was posted in Washington, Dakar, Senegal, and Santiago, Chile, and has doctorate in sociology from the University of Bath in England.
Jonathan Genest-Jourdain is a lawyer living in Sept-Iles, where he has practised for four years. He is originally from the community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam. Since his admission to the Quebec Bar, Genest-Jourdain has been an ardent activist for Aboriginal, Quebec and Canadian heritage.
Elaine Michaud is an information officer at the Regie de l’assurance maladie du Quebec, the board that administers the province’s public drug-insurance plan, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Ecole nationale d’administration publique (ENAP).
She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from the University of Laval.
Guy Caron is a researcher and economist with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP). He previously worked as a journalist with radio stations CKLE and CKMN-FM, and with the newspapers Progres-Echo and Rimouskois while studying science at the Cegep de Rimouski. Caron has also worked for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Council of Canadians, where he worked on campaigns relating to Canadian-American relations and health care
Djaouida Sellah has been a doctor for more than 10 years, and has been a conference speaker with the Heart Foundation of Quebec.
She is a founding member and current president of the Association Quebecoise des Medecins Diplomes Hors Canada et Etats-Unis, representing doctors who obtained their diplomas overseas. Djaouida was also President of the Association Pierre-Boucher of Longueuil
Tarik Brahmi works for Statistics Canada and volunteers for a cooperative program between Revenue Quebec and Revenue Canada that helps the poor receive tax credits. Brahmi is an active environmentalist and is a member of Mouvement Ecologique du Haut-Richelieu, and the Comite SOS Bois Douglas, an organization fighting the destruction of the last urban forest in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Sana Hassainia has worked in printing for many years. She has also been a French teacher, a radio host, and a freelance editor. Hassainia speaks French, English, Italian and Arabic, and is a dedicated environmental activist, fighting to protect Quebec’s natural resources.
Born and raised in Gatineau, Francoise Boivin has been a labour specialist in the Outaouais for over 20 years. Formerly a Liberal MP before losing to Richard Nadeau of the Bloc in 2006, in 2005 she was named "Top Backbencher of the Year" by Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star. She ran against Nadeau in 2008 as a NDP candidate
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