TORONTO – NDP leader Jagmeet Singh today appointed Alexandre Boulerice as his deputy. Boulerice is an MP from Montreal and his appointment is strategic and meant to put Quebec in play for the NDP in the fall federal elections. The NDP has been trailing significantly in the polls in the province pulling 4th to the three other parties of Liberals, PC and Bloc Québécois.
As deputy chair, Boulerice will be searching the bushes for formidable candidates who will connect with voters and win their races in a bid to give the party a majority government. This responsibility is even more significant given that former leader Tom Mulcair, Romeo Saganash and Helene Laverdiere will not be returning to Parliament Hill as MPs making it urgent for the NDP not only to retain those seats, but to consolidate its position and win as many of the 78 federal seats in the province. Boulerice was elected in 2011 and represents the riding of Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie. He is currently the NDP’s Quebec lieutenant and Ethics critic.