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Catherine Dorion is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2018 provincial election.[1] She represents the electoral district of Taschereau as a member of Québec solidaire. Dorion is aligned with Option nationale, a pro-independence faction that is a “collective” within QS.[2]

Catherine Dorion

Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Taschereau
Assumed office
October 1, 2018
Preceded byAgnès Maltais
Personal details
Political partyQuébec solidaire (January 2018-present)
Other political
Option nationale (2011 - 2017)
ResidenceQuebec City
EducationKing's College London
Université du Québec à Montréal
Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec
Professionpolitician, actress, artist, activist, writer


Dorion was born in Quebec in 1982.[3] She grew up in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood of Quebec City.

She is a graduate of the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec. She also received a bachelor's degree in International Relations and International Law from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2009 and a master's degree in Political Science from King's College London in 2010.

She is the mother of two daughters.[4][5]



As an actress, Dorion has performed in several television dramas and theatre productions, including L'Auberge du chien noir. Her performance in Amélie Nothomb's Fuels at the Théâtre du Trident, earned her the 2007 Prix Révélation of the Year Award at the Gala des Masques.

She also performs slam poetry, has won several competitions, and has been a regular guest artist at the Francofolies de Montréal.[citation needed]


She was a columnist at the Carrefour de Québec (2012-2016) and at Update - Québec (2016). She also collaborated on a show for Radio-Canada (2015) and has written blogs for Le Journal de Montréal and Le Journal de Québec (2016-2018).

In 2013, Dorion produced a micro-documentary on immigrants and Quebec sovereignty.

She has published several written works including Même s’il fait noir comme dans le cul d’un ours (2014),[6] and two collections of poems, FUCK TOUTE (2016) and The NoShow (2015 and 2017).

In the essay Les luttes fécondes. Libérer le désir en amour et en politique, she defends polyamory, which she herself practices, and discusses the revolutionary potential of desire, which, left free, is for her a means of deconstructing institutions.[7]

She published the youth novel Ce qui se passe dehors, which tells the story of high school students in Quebec who engage in politics.

In an article for Le Journal de Québec, she advocates for nudity in the locker rooms of public swimming pools.[8]

Electoral recordEdit

2018 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Québec solidaire Catherine Dorion 15,371 42.52 +27.23
Coalition Avenir Québec Svetlana Solomykina 6,832 18.90 +2.58
Parti Québécois Diane Lavallée 6,379 17.65 -13.97
Liberal Florent Tanlet 6,365 17.61 -12.79
Green Élisabeth Grégoire 539 1.49 New
Parti nul Nicolas Pouliot 241 0.67 -0.40
New Democratic Roger Duguay 196 0.54 New
Citoyens au pouvoir Christian Lavoie 152 0.42 New
Équipe autonomiste Guy Boivin 73 0.20 +0.04
Total valid votes 100.0  
Total rejected ballots
Eligible voters
2014 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parti Québécois Agnès Maltais 11,376 31.66 -5.40
Liberal Florent Tanlet 10,925 30.40 +4.72
Coalition Avenir Québec Steve Brabant 5,865 16.32 -0.39
Québec solidaire Marie-Ève Duchesne 5,495 15.29 +3.60
Option nationale Catherine Dorion 1,513 4.21 -3.22
Parti nul Jean-Luc Savard 385 1.07 +0.12
Conservative Anne Deblois 198 0.55
Parti des sans Parti Sylvain Drolet 127 0.35
Équipe autonomiste Guy Boivin 49 0.14 -0.05
Total valid votes 35,933 98.72
Total rejected ballots 466 1.28
Turnout 36,399 73.41 -3.96
Electors on the lists 49,582
2012 Quebec general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parti Québécois Agnès Maltais 13,994 37.06 -7.16
Liberal Clément Gignac 9,697 25.68 -3.80
Coalition Avenir Québec Mario Asselin 6,311 16.71 +3.32*
Québec solidaire Serge Roy 4,416 11.69 +3.27
Option nationale Catherine Dorion 2,804 7.43
Parti nul Jean-Luc Savard 358 0.95
Coalition pour la constituante François Tremblay 110 0.29
Équipe autonomiste Guy Boivin 72 0.19
Total valid votes 37,762 98.91
Total rejected ballots 418 1.09
Turnout 38,180 77.37 +20.41
Electors on the lists 49,350

* Result compared to Action démocratique du Québec.


  • 2008: Quand le sage pointe la lune, le fou regarde le doigt, co-author of the company Soucide collective. Directed by Marc Doré at the Théâtre Périscope (Québec).
  • 2009: Viva Pinoshit, directed by Olivier Lépine at Théâtre Premier Acte (Québec).
  • 2010: Kounadia , story presented in the play We are made (like rats), by the company of pensive Biches. Directed by Alexia Burger at the Cinémathèque québécoise (Montreal).
  • 2011: Kukipik , a clown theater, co-author of the company Soucide collectif. Directed by Marc Doré at Théâtre Premier Acte (Québec).
  • 2011: Two texts in J’aurais voté oui mais j’étais trop petit, Editas.
  • 2011-function. : several articles in the journals Liberté , Relations, Quebec Journal of International Law, Public Ethics, National Action, Qui vive, as well as in major Quebec dailies.
  • 2012: "Le lieu collectif", in "Notre indépendance", Stanké.
  • 2012: NOUS? , monologue presented by the Moulin des lyres collective.
  • 2014: Même s’il fait noir comme dans le cul d’un ours, poetry, Cornac.
  • 2017: Les luttes fécondes. Libérer le désir en amour et en politique, Workshops 10, Canadian Essays category.
  • 2018: Ce qui se passe dehors, youth novel, Hurtubise.