First elected as the Liberal MP for Honoré–Mercier in 2004, Pablo Rodriguez was reelected in 2015 after losing his riding in the 2011 election. He currently serves as the Chief Government Whip , and sits on the Board of Internal Economy.
He is also a member of the Canada-Italy Interparliamentary Group, the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, and the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas.
He has previously served as the party’s spokesperson for culture and languages, economic development, as critic for La Francophonie and Official Languages, and as critic for Public Works and Government Services. He also chaired the party’s Quebec Caucus.
In his first term in the Parliament, Rodríguez served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages.
Rodriguez is active in his community, volunteering in such organizations as the Optimist Club and the Knights of Columbus. He was vice-president of Oxfam-Quebec for almost four years.
Also active in the Liberal Party, Rodriguez has served as president of the Quebec wing of the federal party and as Quebec Chair for Michael Ignatieff’s 2006 leadership campaign.
He has a degree in business administration from the Université de Sherbrooke and was a communications and management consultant before being elected. He worked for 12 years in public affairs and management of international projects.
Rodriguez was born in Argentina, and fled to Canada with his parents as a child, after his father was persecuted for his activism.