Nycole Turmel is Member of Parliament for Hull–Aylmer and Chief Opposition Whip. She was elected in May of 2011.
Ms. Turmel began her career working in a Canada Employment Centre and then became involved in the union movement. From 1979 to 2006, she held various union positions at the local, regional and national levels.
Ms. Turmel was the first woman to be elected National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and she served in this position from 2000 to 2006. The battle for pay equity was one of many issues she fought for during this time.
After leaving the Alliance, Ms. Turmel served as Vice-president in the Office of the Ombudsman of the City of Gatineau from 2007 to 2011. She also continued to be very active in the community and sat on two boards concerned with affordable housing issues.
After becoming a member of Parliament, Ms. Turmel was unanimously elected National Caucus President and was appointed Critic for Public Works and Government Services by the late Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition.
Barely three months later, Mr. Layton appointed Ms. Turmel Leader of the Official Opposition while he took leave to focus on his health. She continued in this position following Mr. Layton’s death and until Tom Mulcair was elected leader of the NDP on March 24, 2013. Mr. Mulcair subsequently appointed Ms. Turmel Chief Opposition Whip.
A research chair at the Université du Québec à Montréal on public spaces and political innovations has been named in her honour.