7 Reasons Why Quebec’s 1st Black Female Party Leader Is Our Most Badass Elected Official

Dominique Anglade is a true legendary queen who's making history in the province. 👑
7 Reasons Why Quebec’s 1st Black Female Party Leader Is Our Most Badass Elected Official

You may not have heard about Dominique Anglade, Quebec's bubbliest, most badass elected Member of the National Assembly (MNA) in the riding of Saint-Henri—Sainte-Anne in Montreal.

But she's made waves on social media since being named party leader in May, representing the Quebec Liberal Party — the official opposition — as well as women of colour across Montreal.

Born in Montreal of Haitian descent, her father, Georges Anglade, was a founder of Université du Quebec.

She tragically lost her mother, father, uncle and cousin in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, just a few years before she entered Quebec's political scene in 2012.

Following the earthquake, she co-founded the organization KANPE to help rebuild Haiti — and the rest is history.

She's the first woman to lead the Quebec Liberal Party, the first black person to lead a major provincial party in Quebec, and the first person of Haitian descent to become a cabinet minister in Canada.

She's an industrial engineer, with a bachelor of industrial engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. 

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She ran as a CAQ candidate before joining the Quebec Liberal Party and becoming Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation. She then served as the Deputy Premier for Philippe Couillard.

Her three children are the light of her life, and she tries to pass on values of community involvement and personal achievement to them.

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She believes in sustainable development and raises awareness through social media, showcasing how different regions of Quebec are affected by climate change. 

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She has a plan to make psychotherapy more accessible to all Quebecers, which includes reducing wait times for health care services to help cope with rising levels of anxiety and depression.

She met Michelle Obama in Montreal, who taught her daughter that "If there are not enough #women at the table, you‘ve got to make #space."

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