Pierre-Luc Dusseault MP (born May 31, 1991) is a Canadian politician who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 federal election at the age of 19, becoming the youngest Member of Parliament in the country's history. He was sworn into office two days after his 20th birthday.
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
May 2, 2011
|Preceded by||Serge Cardin|
|Chairman of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics|
April 24, 2012 – August 2, 2015
|Minister||Peter Penashue |
|Preceded by||Jean Crowder|
|Succeeded by||Blaine Calkins|
|Chair of the Standing Committee on |
Government Operations & Estimates
October 24, 2013 – February 4, 2015
|Preceded by||Pat Martin|
|Succeeded by||Pat Martin|
|Born||May 31, 1991|
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Joanie Boulet (2013-present) |
Early life and educationEdit
Born in Granby, Quebec, and educated in Magog, Dusseault is the son of a daycare administrator and a customer service manager. He received a DEC diploma in social studies from Cégep de Sherbrooke.
Dusseault was a first-year student studying applied politics at the Université de Sherbrooke at the time of his election as an MP. He was the co-founder and president of the university's student NDP club, having joined the NDP in 2009. He has told the press he would like to finish the degree once his political career is over.
As a New Democratic Party candidate in the riding of Sherbrooke, Dusseault defeated the incumbent Bloc Québécois MP Serge Cardin (four decades Dusseault's elder), and was elected at the age of 19 years, 336 days, making him the youngest Canadian ever to be elected to the House of Commons, surpassing former Liberal Party MP Claude-André Lachance, who was aged 20 years, 94 days when elected in 1974. Dusseault turned 20 two days before the 41st Parliament was sworn in.
He was elected in the same election as five McGill University students, fellow NDP MPs Charmaine Borg, Matthew Dubé, Mylène Freeman, Laurin Liu, and Jamie Nicholls, following the NDP's unexpected mid-campaign surge in Quebec.
Dusseault voted for the first time in this election and had originally planned to work a summer job at a golf course but served in Parliament instead. In parliament, he serves as the chair of the access to information, privacy and ethics committee.
Three days after the 2011 election, Toronto radio host John Oakley conducted an interview with Dusseault, who drew himself into the debate on the Quebec sovereignty movement by stating, "Sovereignty will be done in Quebec. And Quebecers will decide if they want to be a country." He later clarified his remarks, saying that he was a federalist who respects sovereignty.
|2015 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Pierre-Luc Dusseault||21,374||37.33||-5.64||–|
|Bloc Québécois||Caroline Bouchard||11,713||20.46||-15.51||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||57,257||100.0||$226,355.78|
|Total rejected ballots||–||–||–|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||-12.98|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Pierre-Luc Dusseault||22,344||42.97||+29.9|
|Bloc Québécois||Serge Cardin||18,703||35.97||−14.1|
|Rhinoceros||Crédible Berlingot Landry||224||0.43||−0.5|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||51.999||100.0%|
|New Democratic gain from Bloc Québécois||Swing||+22.0|
- Baby of the House, an unofficial title given to the youngest member of a parliamentary house
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