Pablo Rodríguez (Canadian politician)
Pablo Rodríguez PC MP (born June 21, 1967) is a Canadian politician who currently serves as a Member of Parliament, representing the riding of Honoré-Mercier. As of July 18, 2018, Rodriguez is the current Minister of Canadian Heritage.
|Minister of Canadian Heritage|
|Assumed office |
July 18, 2018
|Prime Minister||Justin Trudeau|
|Preceded by||Mélanie Joly|
|Chief Government Whip|
January 30, 2017 – August 31, 2018
|Prime Minister||Justin Trudeau|
|Preceded by||Andrew Leslie|
|Succeeded by||Mark Holland|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Paulina Ayala|
June 28, 2004 – May 2, 2011
|Preceded by||Yvon Charbonneau|
|Succeeded by||Paulina Ayala|
|Born||June 21, 1967|
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
|Residence||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
Early life and careerEdit
Rodriguez was born on June 21, 1967 in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. When he was eight, Rodriguez's family fled to Canada after their home was bombed during the Dirty War after his father was repeatedly jailed and tortured for his activism.
Prior to entering politics, Rodriguez, who has a degree in business administration from the University of Sherbrooke, had worked for over twelve years in the fields of public affairs and management of international projects.
Throughout his career, Rodriguez has dedicated much of his time to humanitarian causes. His work particularly focused on helping developing countries and the eradication of poverty. He was the Vice President of Oxfam Québec from 2000 to 2004.
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Rodriguez was Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, the Official Opposition’s Critic for of the Francophonie and Official Languages, and Critic for Public Works and Government Services Canada. He has served on many committees of the House of Commons, including the Committee of Canadian Heritage, Official Languages and the Public Accounts Committee.
On February 14, 2007, a bill Rodriguez put forward was passed by the Commons that would give the Conservative government 60 days to come up with a plan to respect Canada's engagements under the Kyoto protocol.[clarification needed]
He is the Past President of the Quebec wing of the Liberal Party of Canada.
|2015 Canadian federal election: Honoré-Mercier|
|New Democratic||Paulina Ayala||8,478||16.41||-19.96||–|
|Bloc Québécois||Audrey Beauséjour||6,680||12.93||-5.59||–|
|Strength in Democracy||Dayana Dejean||168||0.33||–||–|
|Marxist–Leninist||Yves Le Seigle||81||0.16||-0.19||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||51,658||100.0||$212,950.75|
|Total rejected ballots||682||–||–|
|Liberal gain from New Democratic||Swing||+17.11|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 Canadian federal election: Honoré-Mercier|
|New Democratic||Paulina Ayala||17,545||36.37||+26.26|
|Bloc Québécois||Martin Laroche||8,935||18.52||-9.60|
|Total valid votes||48,234||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||622||1.27||-0.06|
|New Democratic gain from Liberal||Swing||+19.79|
|2008 Canadian federal election: Honoré-Mercier|
|Bloc Québécois||Gérard Labelle||13,871||28.12||−6.71||$57,274|
|New Democratic||François Pilon||4,986||10.11||+3.89||$1,499|
|Total valid votes||49,330||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||667||1.33|
|Electors on the lists||80,429|
|Source: Official Voting Results, 40th General Election 2008, Elections Canada.|
|2006 Canadian federal election: Honoré-Mercier|
|Bloc Québécois||Gérard Labelle||17,879||34.83||−5.54||$39,105|
|Conservative||Angelo M. Marino||8,952||17.44||+11.42||$62,813|
|New Democratic||François Pilon||3,191||6.22||+2.13||$2,374|
|Green||Sylvain Castonguay||1,502||2.93||+1.16||not listed|
|Marxist–Leninist||Hélène Héroux||183||0.36||+0.02||none listed|
|Total valid votes||51,329||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||650||1.25|
|Electors on the lists||80,122|
|Source: Official Voting Results, 39th General Election, Elections Canada.|
|2004 Canadian federal election: Honoré-Mercier|
|Bloc Québécois||Éric St-Hilaire||19,461||40.37||+10.02||$13,063|
|New Democratic||François Pilon||1,973||4.09||+2.81||$885|
|Marijuana||Steve Boudrias||626||1.30||−0.59||none listed|
|Marxist–Leninist||Hélène Héroux||164||0.34||+0.03||none listed|
|Total valid votes||48,201||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||854||1.74|
|Electors on the lists||79,585|
|Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.|
|Source: Official Voting Results, Thirty-Eighth General Election, Elections Canada.|
- Wright Allen, Samantha (July 25, 2018). "Rodriguez, Tassi staying as government whips for now, changes expected soon". The Hill Times. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
- "RODRIGUEZ, The Hon. Pablo, P.C., B.A.A." Library of Parliament.
- Press, Jordan (November 18, 2016). "Trudeau's emotional visit to Argentine memorial renews focus on human rights". CTVNews. Canadian Press. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Pablo Rodriguez". LinkedIn. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Honoré-Mercier, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates