Elected Member of Parliament in May 2011 under the banner of the New Democratic Party of Canada, Nycole Turmel is proud to represent her fellow citizens of Hull-Aylmer.
After becoming a Member of Parliament, Nycole was unanimously elected by the Federal Caucus as Chair of the National Caucus and appointed Official Opposition Critic for Public Works and Government Services. Barely three months after her election and upon the recommendation of the former Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton, Nycole became the interim Leader of the Official Opposition. She was then appointed Chief Opposition Whip by Tom Mulcair in 2012.
Before becoming engaged in active politics, Nycole began her career working in a Canada Employment Center and then became involved in the union movement. From 1979 to 2006 she held various union positions at the local, regional, and national levels. In 2000 she was elected National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and served in this position until 2006. Nycole was, in fact, the first woman to be President of PSAC. Her mandate was notably marked by the battle for pay equity.
Very active in her community, Nycole then served as Vice-President in the Office of the Ombudsman of the City of Gatineau from 2007 to 2011 and was a member of two boards working on affordable housing issues. A research chair at the Université du Québec à Montréal on public spaces and political innovations has been named in her honour.
Nycole has established close ties with her constituents, always listens to them and considers the needs of the people of the riding of Hull-Aylmer. Nycole is seeking another mandate to continue working on behalf of constituents and to collaborate in finding the best solutions for the well-being of her fellows citizens and our community. She regularly intervenes in Parliament and in the community on issues she holds dear, notably for the protection of our public services, our health care system, the economy of our region, the environment, the rights of workers, retirement security, homelessness, and the fight against poverty. Her work ethic is based on transparency, consultation, and close collaboration with all affected stakeholders.
Since becoming MP in 2011, Nycole has worked on numerous initiatives, especially on the protection of the Gatineau Park and on the reform of the mandate, structure, and function of the National Capital Commission. She is currently working on the issue of the West corridor of the Rapibus and on the repatriation of a minimum of 25% of public service employment to the Quebec side of the river. Nycole is also working to assure the protection of the Ottawa River, to support the recognition of foreign credentials, and to offer local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) concrete measures to enable them to prosper and innovate.