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Marie-France Lalonde was first elected on October 21, 2019 as the Member of Parliament for Orléans, and then re-elected on September 20th 2021. On December 3rd, 2021, she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. She currently serves on the standing committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Previously, she had also been appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages. She was a member of the Standing Committee on Official Languages as well as the Standing Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
She serves as Chair of the Canada-France Inter-Parliamentary Association, in addition to the executive committees of numerous interparliamentary friendship groups and the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, notably as a member on the APF Education, Communication and Cultural Affairs Committee.
Ms. Lalonde was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Ottawa-Orléans where she served as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, as Minister of Francophone Affairs, and as Minister of Government and Consumer Services. She was re-elected on June 7, 2018 before seeking a federal seat. With a degree in social work from the University of Quebec in Hull, she put her leadership and skills to work in a career that began at the Children’s Aid Society, followed by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital.
After more than a decade in the care sector, Ms. Lalonde continued to contribute to this sector and in 2008, became co-owner and general manager of the Portobello Manor in Orléans. As a business owner, Ms. Lalonde’s work and passion in senior care led to her receiving the 2010 New Business of the Year Award from the Orléans Chamber of Commerce. Along with her career in social work, Ms. Lalonde has served on the Community Advisory Committee for the Champlain Community Access Centre and was part of the working group on affordable housing for seniors with the United Way. Lalonde also served as Vice-President of CARP Ottawa.
In 2012, her community involvement earned her the Leading Women Building Communities award from the Government of Ontario. She lives in Orléans since 1999 with her husband Alvaro and her daughter Monica.