Pierre Nantel was first elected as the NDP MP for Longueuil—SaintHubert in 2011. He has been named the party’s critic for culture and heritage.
As the heritage critic Nantel has been vocal about cuts to CBC/Radio-Canada. He is also committed to protected the St. Lawrence River.
He has also worked to protect the interests of aerospace workers in his riding with his involvement in the Parliamentary Aerospace Caucus.
He has worked within the riding to fight poverty and defend access to public housing. He has also served as honorary president for the Longueuil and Boucherville Relay for Life, and is a regular volunteer with the event.
Before entering politics, Nantel worked in music and in journalism.
He was well-known in the Quebec music scene for his work with Cirque du Soleil and the Audiogram and Sony record companies as a sound engineer and creative artistic director.
As a journalist Nantel has worked as a columnist for TVA and TQS, and a researcher for the CBC/Radio-Canada, TVA and CKOI 96.9. He was a contributor to several well-known TV shows in Quebec, including Le Banquier, la Fosse aux lionnes, les Midis fous and le Grand décompte.
Nantel is married and has two daughters.