François Choquette, MP
François Choquette was born in 1974 on a rural farm in Quebec. Today, he lives in Drummondville with his wife of Columbian origin and their girls.
After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education (French and History), Choquette went on to complete a Master’s in Literature at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Through his involvement in various student associations, he developed critical thinking and political savvy, organizing conferences and debates on various political issues in an effort to inform and mobilize fellow students. At this time, he also became involved in Amnesty International, where he was elected President of the Trois-Rivières – Mauricie chapter.
After beginning his career as a high school teacher, Choquette went on to teach at an adult education centre, working with returning students and newly arrived immigrants. Always looking to get more involved, Choquette became chair of the school’s board and was elected President of the teacher’s council. Despite his busy schedule, he would find time to launch and direct the Centre’s theatre group, fulfilling a long-time passion for the arts.
Choquette began volunteering for the New Democratic Party in 2000 and became increasingly involved in the 2004 and 2008 election campaigns. Here, he applied his experience setting the tone for debates on various issues, especially on the environment and democracy. Inspired by Jack Layton’s values of social justice, he took the leap and became a New Democrat candidate for the Drummond riding in the 2006 elections. He won the seat with a sweeping majority on May 2, 2011.
Choquette has continued to be very active on environmental issues and was promoted to Deputy critic for the Environment for the Official Opposition. He sits on the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development and is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Caucus on Climate Change.
In the House of Commons, Choquette has tabled several bills aimed at improving federal environmental policies. He has also stood up to protect the status of several rivers and helped stop development of the Cacouna oil-port project that would imperil the St. Lawrence beluga. Over the course of his first term in House, he has also devoted a lot of energy to implementing a Canada-wide energy-efficiency program to help Canadian homeowners save money on energy bills through energy-efficient renovations and upgrades.
As an MP, François Choquette remains just as active in his riding as he is in Ottawa. He understands the geographical challenges of his riding and regularly tours Drummond each summer to take heed of his constituents’ needs and ideas. He has also visited several companies and organizations in this aim, and is a member of several local groups including the CCID, the SDED, the Bloc vert, and the Société d’histoire de Drummond.
Choquette regularly takes part in various social, community, economic and cultural events in Drummond and supported several projects to help serve his constituents. For example, he worked to restore funding for Canada Day celebrations in Drummondville, set up information sessions on federal tax credits for handicapped persons, launched an event on the prevention of bullying in children and teenagers and established the very first “Parking Day” in Drummond in celebration of World Carfree Day.
All of this points to François Choquette’s passion as a politician, along with his commitment and determination to serve the people of Drummond.
Pierre Buisson, Constituency Assistant
Born in Trois-Rivières, Pierre grew up not far from Drummondville in the municipality of Saint-Léonard d’Aston.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Leisure, Culture and Tourism from the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières, Pierre has worked actively to improve the quality of life of seniors within the FADOQ network as well as the Centre d’hébergement (CHSLD). He also volunteers with sports, health and social services organizations.
He is responsible, among other things, for writing the Member’s speeches and statements for the House of Commons.
Marie-Claude Lavigne, Constituency Assistant, Communications
Marie-Claude was born in Montérégie and has lived in Drummondville for several years now.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Animation and Research from the Faculty of Communications at the University of Quebec in Montreal, she evolved within the region’s community. She worked for the Drummondville Community Development Corporation, coordinating the 2012 Community Gala, and acquired solid experience in event management, the development of communications tools and public relations.
Marie-Claude is responsible for media relations, writing press releases and maintaining the Member’s website.
Daniel Lemire, Constituency Assistant, Outreach
Daniel was born in Drummondville and has been established there for a long time.
Daniel gained citizen involvement and volunteer experience, as well as experience working with union organizations, in his previous jobs.
He has long been interested in politics and has been actively involved with the NDP since 2007. He is responsible for outreach.
Chantal Malenfant, Constituency Assistant, Casework
Chantal was born in the central Quebec region and has been established in Drummondville for 5 years.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in History and a college education certificate from Laval University, Chantal acquired solid experience in managing a regional community organization, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Central Quebec Chapter. She also gained significant experience as president of a regional round table, Forum Jeunesse Centre-du-Québec.
She is responsible for welcoming citizens and supporting them with questions relating to federal programs.
Hector Verra, Parliamentary Assistant, Ottawa
Hector is a globetrotter, having lived in Europe, Latin America and Canada.
An economist with expertise in public management and a Master’s in Economics, Hector has 20 years of work experience. During his career, he has developed various projects in several Canadian provinces. He also has extensive experience in project management. In the Canadian Parliament, he has drafted motions and legislation on cultural and environmental issues.
Hector supports François in his legislative work and manages François’ agenda and budget in Ottawa.