Élaine Michaud (born October 17, 1985) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 election.[1] She represented the electoral district of Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier as a member of the New Democratic Party.

Élaine Michaud
Élaine Michaud 2011-03-31.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier
In office
May 2, 2011 – August 4, 2015
Preceded byAndré Arthur
Succeeded byJoël Godin
Personal details
Born (1985-10-17) October 17, 1985 (age 34)
Longueuil, Quebec
Political partyNew Democratic Party
ProfessionInformation agent

At the time of her election, she was a communications officer at the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec and a masters student at the École nationale d'administration publique.[2]

Michaud won with 42.7% of the vote, defeating incumbent independent MP André Arthur by a margin of 7,793 votes. After the election, Arthur insulted her, saying he did not know what he could have said to people in his riding to avoid being beaten by a "fat girl with unclean teeth."[3] Michaud responded saying that the comments reflected Arthur's "well-known pettiness" and stating she intended to "do politics differently."[4]

Among Michaud's issues in the 41st Parliament were the issue of contaminated water in Shannon, Quebec, near the Valcartier military base in her riding[5] and public opposition to the construction of Neuville Airport.[6]

During the 41st Parliament, Michaud served as a member of the House Committees on Environment and Sustainable Development and Official Languages, and an associate member of the Committees on Finance, National Defence, and Veterans Affairs.[7]

In the 2012 NDP leadership race following the death of Jack Layton, Michaud supported Peggy Nash.[8]

Michaud was defeated in the 2015 election by Conservative Joël Godin.

Following her defeat, Michaud stood for the presidency of the NDP after criticizing the leadership of Thomas Mulcair.[9] Michaud was defeated by Toronto District School Board trustee Marit Stiles.


  1. ^ Election 2011: Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Tamsin McMahon (May 4, 2011). "The REALLY New Democrats". National Post. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Matthieu Boivin (July 7, 2011). "André Arthur ridiculise son successeur, Élaine Michaud". Le Soleil (in French). Retrieved February 21, 2012. «Je sais pas ce que j'aurais pu faire pour empêcher les gens de voter pour une grosse fille qui a les dents pas propres.»
  4. ^ Matthieu Boivin. "André Arthur ridiculise son successeur, Élaine Michaud". Le Soleil (in French). «Si je me suis lancée en politique, c'était pour faire de la politique autrement.[...] Ces commentaires de M. Arthur reflètent la mesquinerie qu'on lui connaît.»
  5. ^ Denise Paquin (June 22, 2012). "Eau à Shannon: Michaud déçue du jugement". Courrier de Portneuf (in French). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Raymond Giroux (June 23, 2012). "Un cas pointu pour Élaine Michaud". Le Soleil (in French). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  7. ^ "Member of Parliament Profile (Current): Élaine Michaud." Parliament of Canada. Accessed 26 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Two more Quebec MPs step out to endorse Peggy Nash for NDP leadership". Peggynash.ca. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  9. ^ [In French] St. Pierre, Guillaume. "Élaine Michaud brigue la présidence du NPD," Journal de Montreal, March 24, 2016.

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