Guy Caron was first elected in Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques in 2011. He was the NDP’s critic for Finance and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the deputy critic for Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. He resigned these roles to run for the leadership of the federal NDP. The leadership election will take place in October 2017. A major plank of his campaign has been universal basic income, as a way to combat rising economic inequality.
He previously served as the party’s critic for Energy and Natural Resources and deputy critic for Finance. He also worked on issues of concern to his constituents including reforms to Employment Insurance and cuts to Canada Post and Radio-Canada. He also pushed to get funding for improvements to key infrastructure around the riding and improve access to cell phone networks.
He has a Bachelor or Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s in Economic from the Université de Québec à Montréal. While he was a student at the University of Ottawa he was elected as the president of the student federation and then served as the president of the Canadian Federation of Students.
Before his election to the House of Commons, Caron worked for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Council of Canadians. In his role with the Council of Canadians he authored Crossing the Line: A Citizens’ Inquiry on Canada-U.S. Relations.
Caron also spent time working as a journalist with radio stations CKLE and CKMNFM, and with the newspapers Progrès-Écho and Rimouskois.