First elected as the MP for Hochelaga in 2011, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet has been named the NDP Whip and the party’s critic for housing.
In the 41st Parliament, Boutin-Sweet served on the Standing Committees for Heritage, Transport, Status of Women, and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. She is a member of the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus.
Before being elected to the House of Commons, Boutin-Sweet worked as a guide at the Montreal Museum of Archaeology for almost 20 years. While working there, she help co-found the museum’s employee union and acted as treasurer. The union is affiliated with the Centrale des Syndicats Démocratiques (CSD). She also served as a member of the union’s pay equity and bargaining committees.
As part of CSD, Boutin-Sweet sat on the committee on the Status of Women and worked as a trainer, auditor and the vice-president, trade and services.
Boutin-Sweet has a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Trent University and a Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Alberta. She has worked in archeological digs in Canada and the United States and taught at the University of Alberta’s francophone campus at a Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton.
She is married and has two sons.