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Jennings overpowered by “orange wave”
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 12 mai 2011

Photo: Anja Karadeglija

Isabelle Morin, a 26-year-old teacher, is the new MP for NDG-Lachine.

Marlene Jennings, NDG-Lachine’s longtime MP, is among the dozens of Liberal politicians who lost their seats across the country in the federal election.

Despite widespread predictions that she would be reelected in a riding that has been Liberal since 1962, Jennings received just under 32 per cent of the vote.

Isabelle Morin, a French language and drama teacher at École secondaire Cavalier de La Salle, ran for the NDP and gathered almost 40 per cent of the vote.

“I was very, very excited Monday evening,” she said. “It was unbelievable for me.”

She said that at first she didn’t think she could win against Jennings, but that two weeks ago she started hearing feedback from constituents, who told her they were ready for a change.

Morin said that she is passionate about environmental causes. The local issues she wants to focus on include improving public transportation, developing affordable housing, and improving services for immigrants.

In the days following the election, the NDP’s new caucus was criticized for being young and politically inexperienced.

Morin, who is 26, responded that she gained experience in student politics at the Université de Sherbrooke, through which she also became involved in municipal politics, running in a municipal election in 2009. She graduated last year with a Bachelor of Education.

“I know I have some things to learn, of course,” she said, adding that there have been other young people who have been elected to Parliament in the past.

Some youth aren’t politically engaged, she said, noting that “this is a way for me to prove that young people can be involved in politics.”

Morin, a native of Quebec City, is also new to Montreal, having moved here last January.

Like other new MPs, she is also receiving help from more experienced party members. Peter Deslauriers, who ran in the riding in the previous two elections, accompanied her to the interview for this article, and has been helping her adjust to the new job.

Though she conducted the interview in English, Morin acknowledged that her English needs some work. “I understand how the sentences work together – it’s just sometimes there is vocabulary I don’t know,” she explained. She is planning on taking English lessons, she added.

[ Anja Karadeglija ]

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