François Choquette was first elected to represent Drummond in 2011. He has been named the party’s critic for official languages. He previously served as the deputy critic for the environment. He also sat on the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development and served as the vice-chair of the All-Party Caucus on Climate Change.
He has worked in the House of Commons towards a Canada-wide energy efficiency program that would help homeowners perform energy-efficient renovations.
Prior to running for the NDP, Choquette was a high school and adult education teacher, working with returning students and new immigrants. He has a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a specialization in French and history, and a Master’s in Literature from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
While working as a teacher, Choquette served as chair of the school’s board and president of the teachers’ council. At the same time he worked to launch a theatre group.
Choquette has been active in Amnesty International and is the onetime President of the Trois-Rivières – Mauricie chapter.
He got involved in the NDP as a volunteer in 2000, becoming a candidate in 2006. As an MP he tours the riding every summer to listen to constituents’ concerns. He is a member of several local groups and regularly attends social and cultural events. He has worked to restore funding for Canada Day celebrations in the riding and setup information sessions on new federal tax credits.
Choquette is married with two daughters.
François Choquette was born in 1974 on a rural farm in Quebec.