Marlene Jennings, PC, MP (born November 10, 1951) is a former Canadian politician. She was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, and represented the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine from 1997 to 2011.
Jennings was born in Longueuil, Quebec. She is a former lawyer and senior public servant. She is the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation, the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, and a former Member of Parliament. From 2004 to October 2005, she was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on Canada-U.S. relations.
Jennings was the first black woman from Quebec to be elected to Parliament in the history of Confederation. She was also one of the few parliamentarians with a physical disability, having become temporarily partially blind due to an illness in early 2010; she used visual aids and a white cane until late 2011. Over 7 surgical procedures successfully restored her vision.
Jennings succeeded Warren Allmand, the MP for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, in the reorganized riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine upon its creation in 1997. She was elected five times in the riding with consistent margins of between 10,000 and 20,000 votes, and her riding was considered one of the safest Liberal seats in the country. However, she fell to Quebec’s “orange wave” in the Canadian federal election, 2011, losing her seat to Isabelle Morin of the NDP.
Later life and career
After her last electoral defeat, Jennings was courted by the CAQ, but declined. For close to 2 years (2012 & 2013) she was the Executive Director of the Montreal YMHA. She had let her Liberal Party of Canadaparty membership lapse but re-joined in 2014.
|[hide]Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Isabelle Morin||17,943||39.73%||+24.57%|
|Bloc Québécois||Gabrielle Ladouceur-Despins||3,983||8.82%||-7.07%|
|Independent||David Andrew Lovett||207||0.46%||–|
|Total valid votes||45,159||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||464||1.02%||+0.12%|
Source: Elections Canada
|[hide]Canadian federal election, 2008|
|Bloc Québécois||Éric Taillefer||6,962||15.89%||-4.45%||$7,443|
|New Democratic||Peter Deslauriers||6,641||15.16%||+3.34%||$50,302|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||43,820||100.00%||$83,411|
|Total rejected ballots||396||0.90%|
|[hide]Canadian federal election, 2006|
|Bloc Québécois||Alexandre Lambert||9,385||20.34%||-1.65%||$15,822|
|Conservative||Allen F. MacKenzie||8,048||17.44%||+7.22%||$29,196|
|New Democratic||Peter Deslauriers||5,455||11.82%||+3.89%||$19,445|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||46,147||100.00%||$78,444|
|[hide]Canadian federal election, 2004|
|Bloc Québécois||Jean-Philippe Chartre||9,736||21.99%||+3.88%||$9,950|
|Conservative||William R McCullock||4,526||10.22%||-1.30%||$19,959|
|New Democratic||Maria Pia Chávez||3,513||7.93%||+3.20%||$6,040|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||44,273||100.00%||$78,500|
Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.
|[hide]Canadian federal election, 2000|
|Bloc Québécois||Jeannine Ouellet||8,449||18.11%||+1.29%|
|Progressive Conservative||Kathy Megyery||3,352||7.19%||-12.60%|
|New Democratic||Bruce Toombs||2,208||4.73%||+0.31%|
|Natural Law||Michael Wilson||205||0.44%||-0.65%|
|Total valid votes||46,651||100.00%|
Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.
|[hide]Canadian federal election, 1997|
|Progressive Conservative||John V. Hachey||10,350||19.79%|
|Bloc Québécois||Geneviève Dumont-Frenette||8,797||16.82%|
|New Democratic||André Cardinal||2,315||4.43%|
|Natural Law||Ronald Bessette||569||1.09%|
|Total valid votes||52,305||100.00%|
- Hon. Marlene Jennings, P.C.
- “Devenue aveugle, la députée Jennings défend son poste”. Rue Frontenac (Montreal), April 28, 2011.
- Hon. Marlene Jennings