Jean Alfred

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Jean Alfred
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Papineau
In office
Preceded by Mark Assad
Succeeded by Mark Assad
Personal details
Born (1940-03-10)March 10, 1940
Ouanaminthe, Haiti
Died July 20, 2015(2015-07-20) (aged 75)
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Parti Québécois

Jean Alfred, Ph.D (March 10, 1940 – July 20, 2015) was a politician in Quebec, Canada. He was a member of the National Assembly of Quebec as a member of the Parti Québécois from 1976 to 1981.

Alfred was born in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, to Oracius Alfred and Prunelie Occean. He completed his college studies and some university courses at Port-au-Prince before moving to Ottawa where he obtained a degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa. He also received a master's degree in psycho-pedagogy as well as a PH.D in education.

Prior to his entry into politics, he taught for several years in Haiti and in the Outaouais region. He taught again after his political career and was a school board commissioner for the Commission Scolaire des Draveurs.

In 1975, he was elected as a councillor for Gatineau City Council and later entered provincial politics where he was elected in Papineau as a Parti Québécois candidate, becoming the first Black person to be elected to the National Assembly of Quebec. He served a full term as a PQ and Independent member but was defeated in the newly formed riding of Chapleau which portions were split from Gatineau and Papineau. He was a candidate again in 1989, but lost to the Liberal, John Kehoe. He made a brief attempt at federal politics but failed to become a Bloc Québécois prior to the 1997 elections.

Electoral record (partial)

Quebec general election, 1981: Chapleau
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal John Kehoe 15,364 53.44
Parti Québécois Jean Alfred 12,880 44.80
Union Nationale André Lortie 413 1.44
Marxist–Leninist Christine Dandenault 95 0.33
Total valid votes 28,752 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 237
Turnout 28,989 76.41
Electors on the lists 37,937
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

External links

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.

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