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Manon Massé MNA (born 1963) is a politician in Quebec and one of the two current leaders for Québec solidaire since 2017. She has represented Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques in the National Assembly of Quebec since the 2014 general election. Before her time in political office, she was a community organizer and one of the co-founders for the political movement Option citoyenne.[1][2]

Manon Massé

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Spokesperson for Québec solidaire
Assumed office
21 May 2017
Preceded byFrançoise David
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques
Assumed office
7 April 2014
Preceded byDaniel Breton
Personal details
Born (1963-05-22) 22 May 1963 (age 56)
Windsor, Quebec, Canada
Political partyQuébec solidaire
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma materUniversité de Montréal

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BiographyEdit

Massé was born on 22 May 1963 in Windsor, Quebec, to Fernande Migneault and Gilles Massé, both factory workers by profession. She spent the first seven years of her childhood in Windsor until her family moved to Boucherville, a suburb of Montreal.[3]

She studied at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit before pursuing a major in theology at the Université de Montréal.[4]

Massé worked with various community organisations, social causes, and political movements, including the Comité social Centre-Sud and Fédération des femmes du Québec (trans. Women's Federation of Québec). She was also on the coordinating committees for the Marche mondiale des Femmes in 2000 and the Marche du pain et des roses in 1995.[4] In 2011, she was also part of the Freedom Flotilla II, representing Québec solidaire on the Canadian Boat for Gaza, Tahrir.[5]

Political careerEdit

Manon Massé was the first-ever candidate to stand for political office under the Québec solidaire banner,[6] doing so in the 2006 by-election for the Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques constituency she now represents. She received 22% of the vote.[7]

She was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2014 election, her fifth attempt and winning the party its third seat.[8][9]

Due to her narrow margin of victory over Quebec Liberal Party candidate Anna Klisko of 91 votes, a request for a judicial recount was filed by Klisko.[9] The request was rejected by the presiding judge on 11 April, on the grounds that Klisko did not have sufficient evidence of any irregularities in the election process.[9]

Party Spokesperson, 2017–Edit

Massé, along with activist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, was elected co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire at the party's conference in May 2017.[10] This is a continuation the party's tradition of allocating the role to a woman and a man to serve concurrently.

In her role, she was proposed by the party as their candidate for Premier of Quebec in the 2018 Quebec general election.[11] In this election, the party tripled its seat count from three members to ten, the party's best performance to date and bringing the party to thirty party status, ahead of the traditional major sovereigntist party, Parti Québécois.[12]

In the trial of Catalonia independence leaders she testified at the Supreme Court of Spain on 29 April 2019 due to her role as international observer in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Massé is a noted feminist and social justice activist in and around Montreal.[14] She is an out lesbian and partner to Ghislaine Goulet.[15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Manon Massé : par-delà la moustache". URBANIA (in French). Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ Durocher, Sophie. "La moustache de Manon". Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Les racines de Manon Massé à Windsor". Le Soleil. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Manon Massé - National Assembly of Québec". www.assnat.qc.ca. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone International-. "Des Québécois en route vers Gaza pour briser le blocus israélien". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Député.e.s – Manon Massé". quebecsolidaire.net. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Élections partielles". Élections Québec (in French). Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  8. ^ Apr 08, CBC News · Posted:; April 8, 2014 9:29 AM ET | Last Updated:; 2014. "Manon Massé narrowly wins third seat for Québec Solidaire | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 27 March 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  9. ^ a b c "Manon Masse officially wins seat for Quebec solidaire". CTV Montreal, 11 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Manon Massé et GND nommés porte-paroles de QS". Le Soleil. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  11. ^ Morasse, Marie-Eve. "Manon Massé sera l'aspirante première ministre pour QS". La Presse (in French). Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  12. ^ Lalonde, Michelle; October 2, Montreal Gazette Updated:; 2018 (2 October 2018). "Quebec election: Québec solidaire triples its caucus | Montreal Gazette". Retrieved 27 March 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  13. ^ Una diputada de Quebec, la primera que se reivindica como observadora internacional en el 'procés', aunque corrió con sus gastos (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Julie Vaillancourt, "Intervues avec Manon Massé...", Fugues.com, Retrieved 8 May 2012
  15. ^ Québec Solidaire wants to fight homophobia CBC News, 6 March 2007.
  16. ^ Labranche, Michaël. "Un cliché de Manon Massé et de sa conjointe qui s'embrassent émeut le Web". Le Journal de Québec. Retrieved 27 March 2019.