Ruth Ellen Brosseau



Ruth Ellen Brosseau is the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Berthier-Maskinonge. She was first elected to the House of Commons in 2011. She has been named the party’s critic for agriculture and agri-­food.

Since her election, Brosseau has defended the victims of pyrrhotite, whom the federal government refuses to compensate, and fought against the Conservatives’ employment insurance reform and the loss of Health Canada jobs in Shawinigan. She has also held several public information sessions on the Energy East pipeline project.

As the NDP Deputy Critic for Agriculture and Agri­-Food between 2011 to 2015, Brosseau focused on several major files such as food waste, tabling a motion that won the unanimous support of the House of Commons. She also focused her energy on creating a Canadian food strategy.

Brosseau also pressured the government on files concerning temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector and for financial compensation for dairy producers following the comprehensive economic and trade agreement with the European Union.

In December 2014, her New Democrat colleagues elected her for a second term as Vice-Chair of the National Caucus.

Brosseau grew up in Hudson in the Montérégie region. She studied advertising and interactive marketing communications at St. Lawrence College in Kingston.

She is the single mother of 14 ­year­ old Logan.