Sadia Groguhé

Sadia Groguhé (born November 9, 1962) is a French-Canadian politician. In the 2011 federal election, she was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as the Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Saint-Lambert under the banner of the New Democratic Party. She was defeated for reelection in the new electoral district of Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne in the 2015 election.

Sadia Groguhé
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Lambert
In office
May 30, 2011 – August 4, 2015
Preceded byJosée Beaudin
Personal details
Born (1962-11-09) November 9, 1962 (age 57)
Istres, France
NationalityCanadian
Political partyNew Democratic Party
Children4
ProfessionGuidance counselor

Early life and careerEdit

Groguhé was born on November 9, 1962 in Istres, France.[1] The daughter of Algerian immigrants, Groguhé was one of twelve children.

She has a Master's degree,[1] practiced as a psychologist, and did community work.[2] In France, she worked in the area of social and occupational integration for youth and adults in distress. Trained in transactional analysis as a therapeutic tool, she held sessions as a trainer. Groguhé was chair of the Istres equality association.

She ran as an independent candidate in 1994’s cantonal election. Noticed by Jacques Siffre, Istres’ socialist mayor, she ran municipally in 1995.

Groguhé was elected and was a municipal councillor from 1995 to 2000.[1] She was responsible for integration, and left her position after the birth of her children.

Groguhé and her husband, who is originally from the Ivory Coast, decided to leave France so their children would not be discriminated against because of their background. They submitted their visa requests in 2003 and immigrated to Canada in 2005.

Federal politicsEdit

Naturalized in 2010, Groguhé joined the New Democratic Party. She was a candidate for the party in the 2011 federal election in the Montreal riding of Saint-Lambert and defeated the incumbent Bloc MP, Josée Beaudin, by receiving 42.65% of the vote.

After her election, Groguhé was appointed the NDP’s assistant critic for immigration, citizenship, and multiculturalism.[1]

Following Jack Layton's death, she supported Thomas Mulcair in the 2012 NDP leadership race.

From April 19, 2012 to August 12, 2013, Groguhé was the Deputy House Leader of the NDP and the Official Opposition. She then became the NDP's Deputy Whip, which meant she was also the Official Opposition Deputy Whip, and gave up the assistant critic portfolios she had held since 2011.[1]

In June 2014, the Board of Internal Economy found that a group of NDP MPs, including Groguhé, had improperly used Parliamentary resources for partisan activities by sending out nearly two million mass mailings, costing 1.17 million dollars to different ridings, including some that were holding by-elections at the time.[3]

Groguhé kept the deputy whip position until she lost her bid for re-election in the new riding of Longueuil—Saint-Hubert in the 2015 federal election.[1]

Post-CommonsEdit

Groguhé announced in April 2017 that she is running for mayor of Longueuil in the 2017 Quebec municipal election.[4] She finished third with 14.7% of the vote.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Groguhé is the mother of four children,[2] and is married.

Electoral recordEdit

2015 Canadian federal election: Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Sherry Romanado 18,301 35.39 +22.07 $26,644.67
Bloc Québécois Philippe Cloutier 13,974 27.03 -1.27 $54,305.34
New Democratic Sadia Groguhé 12,468 24.11 -21.32
Conservative Thomas Barré 4,961 9.59 -0.94
Green Mario Leclerc 1,510 2.92 +0.51 $6,229.28
Rhinoceros Matthew Iakov Liberman 325 0.63
Marxist–Leninist Pierre Chénier 168 0.32
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,707 100.00   $220,839.26
Total rejected ballots 925 1.76
Turnout 52,632 62.87
Eligible voters 83,719
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +21.70
Source: Elections Canada[6][7]
2011 Canadian federal election: Saint-Lambert
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Sadia Groguhé 18,705 42.64 +28.19
Bloc Québécois Josée Beaudin 11,353 25.88 -11.74
Liberal Roxane Stanners 8,463 19.29 -9.21
Conservative Qais Hamidi 4,396 10.02 -5.78
Green Carmen Budilean 944 2.15 -1.45
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,861 100.0
Total rejected ballots 584 1.31 +0.14
Turnout 44,445 60.60 +1.15

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "GROGUHÉ, Sadia, M.A." Library of Parliament. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Gagnon, Lysiane (May 9, 2011). "Here's the skinny on the new Dippers". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Mas, Susana (June 11, 2014). "NDP's ineligible mass mailings leave MPs on hook for $1.17M". CBC News. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  4. ^ ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone Politique -. "L'ex-députée fédérale Sadia Groguhé candidate à la mairie de Longueuil". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  5. ^ "Montreal elections 2017: Longueuil results". Global News. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne, 30 September 2015
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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