MPP for Ottawa-Vanier
Elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 and re-elected in 2007.
Serves as Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs since 2003; introduced amendments to the French Language Services Act, which established the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner.
Oversaw the passing of the Ontario Heritage Act as Minister of Culture (2003-2006).
Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Ontarians with Disabilities (2006-2007).
Registered nurse and lawyer specializing in labour and employment law.
Led efforts to keep the Montfort Hospital open and has helped the Ottawa-Carleton Children's Aid Society, the Vanier Housing Corporation, the Cité Collégiale and the Maison de l'amitié, a facility assisting female victims of violence.
Recipient of several awards, including the United Way's 2001 Community Builder Award and, in 2002, the Prix d'Excellence given by the Réseau socio-action des femmes francophones.