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Mauril Bélanger


Mauril Bélanger was born and raised in the town of Mattawa, in mid-north Ontario. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa. Mauril and his wife Catherine are proud grandparents.

Prior to entering politics, Mauril held various positions in the public and private sectors. In the early 1980s, he was an assistant to the late Right Honourable Jean-Luc Pepin; afterwards, he worked as a stockbroker and, in the early 1990s, was Chief of Staff for the Chair of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, Mr. Peter Clark.

First elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier in a by-election in February 1995, Mauril has been re-elected at every election since.

He was appointed to Cabinet by the Right Honourable Paul Martin in December 2003. During this tenure, he was Deputy House Leader and Chief Government Whip. After the 2004 election, he was reappointed to Cabinet where he held numerous responsibilities. In March 2009, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff named him Vice Chair of the National Policy and Platform Committee, an influential position in planning the future of the Liberal Party of Canada.

As an MP, he has been a member, Vice Chair and Chair of several committees. He co-founded and currently co-chairs the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association. While continuing his work on parliamentary committees, Mauril has been sitting for many years on the Board of Internal Economy – the governing body of the House of Commons.

Mauril has always been a strong advocate of Canada’s linguistic duality and national unity.

In 2005, he was decorated as Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Pléiade, an order of La Francophonie that recognises contributions made to international friendship and cooperation. In April 2007, Hungarian President László Sólyom made him an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in recognition of his work in support of Hungarian-Canadian relations. Recently, in April 2009, the Royal Canadian Legion recognized Mauril’s contribution to the development of goodwill and comradeship.

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Mauril Bélanger in the news

  1. Happy Co-op Week!

    October 11, 2013

    Did you know that 18 million Canadians are members of at least one of the 9,000 plus co-operatives across this country? In fact, many members themselves might not even realize that they belong to one. I am hoping that we can help change this during Co-op Week in Canada, which runs from October 13 to 19, 2013.   More »

  2. Conservative Cuts to Low-Income Co-operative Housing Units Hurt Struggling Canadians

    August 8, 2013

    OTTAWA– The Conservative government’s decision to end funding to low-income co-operative housing units will hurt struggling Canadians and must be reversed, said Liberal Advocate for Co-operatives […]  More »

  3. Conservatives Backtrack, Allow Co-ops to Renegotiate Mortgages

    January 29, 2013

    OTTAWA– In response to Liberal pressure, the Conservative government has backtracked and agreed to provide reasonable mortgages and refinancing for housing co-operatives, said Liberals today. “Today […]  More »

  4. Liberal Live: Critics Corner with John McCallum and Mauril Bélanger

    October 30, 2012

    Join MPs John McCallum and Mauril Bélanger online for our latest live interactive Critics Corner webcast to talk about the secrecy surrounding government spending which is at an all-time high right now in Ottawa.  More »

  5. Liberal Live: Critics’ Corner with Mauril Bélanger

    October 16, 2012

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Contact information

In Ottawa:
Chambre des communes
Ottawa (ON) K1A 0A6
Phone: (613) 992-4766
Fax: (613) 992-6448

In Ottawa--Vanier:
168 Charlotte Street, Suite 504
Ottawa (ON) K1N 8K6
Phone: (613) 947-7961
Fax: (613) 947-7963

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