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Ruth Ellen Brosseau

NDP Member of parliament - Berthier-Maskinongé

Ruth Ellen Brosseau was one of the key NDP MPs to be re-elected on October 19, 2015, with a lead of nearly 9,000 votes over her closest opponent. More than 22,900 voters entrusted her to take on a second mandate as the Member of Parliament for Berthier–Maskinongé.

Ruth Ellen is currently the Agriculture and Agri-Food Critic for the second opposition party in the House of Commons and vice-chair of the NDP National Caucus for the third time. She is happy to once again defend the interests of farmers in her riding and speak out about the many issues that are important to her.

Who is Ruth Ellen Brosseau?

Ruth Ellen Brosseau grew up in Hudson, in the Montérégie region of Quebec, but she is first and foremost a proud mother to her 14-year-old son Logan. She studied Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Elected for the first time on May 2, 2011, she rolled up her sleeves and got to work, despite the controversy. She quickly became a dependable MP, known for her hard work both in her riding and in the House of Commons.

First Steps in the House of Commons

It was not long before Ruth Ellen became an important member of the Official Opposition. In short order, she was offered the position of Deputy Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food, supporting her colleague Malcom Allen. Several years later, she was elected Vice-Chair of the NDP National Caucus. This position shows that her colleagues trust her and hold her in high regard.

As a critic, she worked on a number of major files, such as food waste. In addition, she introduced motion M-496 to support farmers in the wake of the free trade agreement with the European Union. Her motion received unanimous support in the House of Commons. She also worked to create a pan-Canadian food strategy, an initiative unique to the NDP. In the supply management portfolio, Ruth Ellen hammered the Conservative government to preserve the supply management system during international negotiations. She also worked on a number of other files, such as the next generation of farmers and temporary foreign workers.

An MP on the ground

Constituents appreciate Ruth Ellen’s openness and accessibility. She defends issues that are important to the residents of Berthier–Maskinongé in the House of Commons, such as the government’s refusal to compensate the victims of pyrrhotite, the devastating EI reform implemented by the Conservatives and the loss of Health Canada jobs in Shawinigan, to name a few. She also held a number of information sessions for her constituents, including one on the Energy East pipeline. She makes it a priority to keep constituents up to date and to listen to them. Every day, she is honoured by the trust her constituents have placed in her and considers it a privilege to represent her constituency in the House of Commons.
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Food Waste: It's Time We Do Our Part

Economically, consumers and the private sector will benefit significantly from efforts to tackle food waste. For consumers, reducing food waste could help them save hundreds of dollars. According to Statistics Canada, Canadians waste 183 kg (just over 403 lbs) a year. This represents the equivalent of throwing $771 per year per consumer in the trash. In other words, over 15 per cent of a household's grocery cart ends up in the garbage without being consumed, which is approximately $50/week per family. Preventing food waste could also cut food costs by 10 per cent or more.... Socially, while food waste and food insecurity are not intimately linked, it is nonetheless absurd to waste so much food at time when thousands of people throughout the country are affected by food insecurity.
07/13/2016 05:16 EDT