Marie-France Lalonde

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Marie-France Lalonde

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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Orléans
Assumed office
October 21, 2019
Preceded byAndrew Leslie
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Orléans
Ottawa-Orléans (2014-2018)
In office
June 12, 2014 – September 20, 2019
Preceded byPhil McNeely
Personal details
Born1971 (age 47–48)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceOrleans, Ontario
ProfessionBusiness owner, social worker

Marie-France Lalonde MP (born c. 1971) is a Franco-Ontarian politician in Ontario, Canada who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Orleans as a member of the Liberal Party since 2019. She also served as the Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the provincial riding of Orléans from 2014 until 2019, when she resigned her seat to run federally.[1]

In January 2017, she was appointed as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.[2] In July 2017, she was appointed as the first Minister of Francophone Affairs.[3] She served in those roles until the end of the government of Kathleen Wynne. She previously served as Minister of Government and Consumer Services and as Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs in the cabinet of Kathleen Wynne.


Lalonde was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and she grew up in Gatineau, Quebec. She attended Collège de l'Outaouais and later the University of Ottawa.[4] She worked for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital, and she is a co-owner of Portobello Manor, a senior's residence. She lives in Orleans, Ontario, with her husband Alvaro and their daughter.[5]


Provincial politics[edit]

Lalonde ran in the 2014 provincial election as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Ottawa—Orléans. She defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Andrew Lister by 11,472 votes.[6][7]

She was the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, focusing on economic development issues. She was also the Parliamentary Assistant to Madeleine Meilleur in her capacity as responsible for francophone affairs. On September 2, 2015, she was appointed as Chief Government Whip and served until her appointment to cabinet.[8][9]

In June 2016, she was appointed to cabinet as the Minister of Government and Consumer Services and the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs on June 13, 2016.[10] On January 12, 2017, she was moved to the position of Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, replacing David Orazietti, who resigned unexpectedly in December 2016.[11] In July 2017, she was created the Minister of Francophone Affairs.[12]

In March 2015, she introduced a Private Member's Bill to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Bill 75, which would ban the production and addition of microbeads to cosmetic products in Ontario. Ontario was the first provincial jurisdiction to address the growing concern of microbeads. In June 2015, Bill 75 went to public hearings at committee.[13][14]

In March 2016, Lalonde introduced a motion that sought to have a monument to the first two female MPPs elected to the Ontario Legislature erected on the grounds of the legislature. The motion was debated on March 22, 2016, and received unanimous support from all three parties.[15]

As Minister of Government and Consumer Services, she introduced Bill 59, Putting Consumers First Act, which introduced regulations for door-to-door sales, home inspectors and further regulations for alternative financial services.[16]

In November 2017, she introduced legislation leading to a wholesale reform of the Police Services Act. This act was informed by public consultation and a report by Justice Tulloch. The reforms introduced greater oversight for police, and significant changes to how police will operate in the province.[17]

In a 2017 episode of the television series Political Blind Date, Lalonde and Cheri DiNovo discussed their differing perspectives on the issue of criminal justice and corrections.[18]

Federal politics[edit]

On May 13, 2019, Lalonde announced that she would be running for the federal Liberal Party's nomination in the 2019 federal election to attempt to succeed retiring MP Andrew Leslie in Orléans.[19] She won the nomination on September 19[20] and resigned her seat the next day.[21]

On October 21, Lalonde won the riding of Orléans with 54 per cent of the vote.[22]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
David Orazietti Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Also responsible for Francophone Affairs
Michael Tibollo
David Orazietti Minister of Government and Consumer Services
Tracy MacCharles
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Bob Delaney Chief Government Whip
Jim Bradley

Election results[edit]


2019 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marie-France Lalonde 43,533 54.3 -5.37
Conservative David Bertschi 22,697 28.3 -2.24
New Democratic Jacqui Wiens 9,277 11.6 +3.63
Green Michelle Petersen 3,727 4.6 +2.79
People's Roger Saint-Fleur 964 1.2
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0  
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 80,198
Eligible voters 106,021
Liberal hold Swing -
Source: Elections Canada[23]
2018 Ontario general election: Orléans
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Marie-France Lalonde 24,972 39.05 −14.54
Progressive Conservative Cameron Montgomery 22,509 35.20 +2.14
New Democratic Barbara Zarboni 14,033 21.94 +13.16
Green Nicholas Lapierre 1,603 2.51 −1.14
Independent Samuel Schwisberg 435 0.68
Libertarian Gerald Boudreau 398 0.62 −0.29
Total valid votes 63,950 100.00  
Turnout 98,522 64.91
Liberal hold Swing
Source: Elections Ontario[24]
2014 Ontario general election: Ottawa—Orléans
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Marie-France Lalonde 29,945 53.59 +7.15
Progressive Conservative Andrew Lister 18,473 33.06 −7.32
New Democratic Prosper M'Bemba-Meka 4,909 8.78 −1.80
Green Bob Bell 2,041 3.65 +1.77
Libertarian Gerry Bourdeau 512 0.92 +0.59
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 615 1.09
Total valid votes 55,880 98.91
Turnout 56,520 59.3
Eligible voters 92,314  
Liberal hold Swing +7.24
"General Election Results". Elections Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 2018-06-07.


  1. ^ Randall Denley (September 25, 2019). "Denley: Orléans riding is hurting for lack of federal jobs". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Marie-France Lalonde Ontario's new Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services". Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  3. ^ Benzie, Robert (2017-07-31). "Wynne shuffles cabinet after Murray's departure". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  4. ^ Pierroz, Sébastien (July 8, 2014). "Marie-France Lalonde, a new face for Ottawa-Orléans". Orléans Star.
  5. ^ Kitts, Catherine (June 12, 2014). "Marie-France Lalonde wins handedly in Ottawa-Orléans". Orléans Star.
  6. ^ Duffy, Andrew (June 12, 2014). "Lalonde builds on Liberal legacy in Ottawa-Orleans". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  7. ^ "General Election by District: Ottawa-Orléans". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2014.
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  9. ^ Reevely, David (September 4, 2015). "Orléans's MPP Marie-France Lalonde named Liberals' chief whip". Ottawa Citizen.
  10. ^ "Reevely: Lalonde joins cabinet as Kathleen Wynne shuffles her ministers". Ottawa Citizen. 2016-06-13. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  11. ^ "Kathleen Wynne appoints new corrections minister in small cabinet shuffle". CBC News. January 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Benzie, Robert (2017-07-31). "Wynne shuffles cabinet after Murray's departure". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  13. ^ Smith, Joanna (May 14, 2015). "Banning microbeads from cosmetics and toiletries". Toronto Star.
  14. ^ "Bill 75, Microbead Elimination and Monitoring Act, 2015". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Motion passed to have statue of female MPPs erected on Queen's Park grounds". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  16. ^ "Ontario Putting Consumers First". Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  17. ^ "SIU given more authority under new Safer Ontario Act - CityNews Toronto". CityNews Toronto. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  18. ^ "Political Blind Date series hopes opposites attract, or at least get along". Toronto Star, November 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "Ottawa MPP Marie-France Lalonde seeks federal seat after Leslie retires". National Post. May 13, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Pfeffer, Amanda (September 20, 2019). "Lalonde wins Orléans nomination as voters say they were turned away". CBC News. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Liberal Marie-France Lalonde is the new MP for Orléans". CBC News. Ottawa. October 21, 2019. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  23. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 6. Retrieved 20 January 2019.

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