On May 2nd 2011, the residents of LaSalle-Émard elected Hélène LeBlanc to represent them in Ottawa as their Member of Parliament.
On May 26th 2011, Jack Layton, then-leader of the NDP, demonstrated his confidence in Hélène LeBlanc, his newly elected MP for LaSalle-Émard, by naming her to his shadow cabinet as critic for Science and Technology. In April, 2012, she was appointed by the newly elected leader, Thomas Mulcair, as critic for Industry.
During the summer of 2012, Ms LeBlanc served as Vice-President for the Special House of Commons Committee on Co-operatives.
In August 2013, Hélène LeBlanc was named first-ever NDP critic for Co-operatives, an important segment of the economic development strategy of the NDP.
Commencing in the fall of 2013, she will serve as Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO).
Hélène sits on several inter-party parliamentary groups and caucuses:
- The Cleantech caucus (as Vice-President)
- The Aerospace Caucus (As Vice-President)
- The Canada-Nordic-Baltic Interparliamentary Friendship Group (as Vice-President)
- The Canada-India Friendship Group (as member-at-large)
Hélène is an agronomist by training. Before serving as MP for the riding of LaSalle-Émard, she was a project manager for the Conseil d’assainissement et d’aménagement du ruisseau Lacorne and was an agro-environment officer with the Fédération de l’Union des producteurs agricoles de l’Outaouais-Laurentides.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and environment from McGill University.
Hélène has taught French in Vancouver and Ottawa and was an interpreter/guide for the Canada Museums of Science and Technology Corporation in Ottawa. She was also an assistant to persons suffering from Alzheimers for the organization Baluchon Alzheimer.