Forget everything you’ve heard about millennials. Up in Canada, one young woman is showing that with youth comes courage and conviction. At just 25 years old, Catherine Fournier is the youngest woman ever elected in the history of the Québec National Assembly.
The young politician began her career as a political columnist and blogger for the Montreal radio station 103.3fm. This was quickly followed in 2015 by a decision to stand in for Canada’s Federal Parliament as a candidate for the nationalist Bloc Québécois party. The result? An impressive second place spot with 28.42% of the votes. Her impressive campaign got her noticed, following a shake-up in the Bloc Québécois she assumed the position of party vice-chairman.
A year later and Fournier made the jump from Federal politics to working at the provincial level. She joined the ideologically similar Parti Québécois to work in the office of official opposition leader Pierre Karl Péladeau. In September 2016, she threw her hat into the ring for the PQ nomination in a by-election for Marie-Victorin riding. It took three rounds of voting, but she got the nomination in the end. Two months later she handily won the seat with 53% of the vote – 38% ahead of the second-place finisher – and instantly became Québec’s youngest ever member of the National Assembly.
Fournier is particularly passionate about education in Québec and is the official PQ spokesperson on these topics. She regularly calls out the ruling party on its education policies, such as its recent promise to lower school taxes to the tune of $1.4 billion. You’ll also find the young legislator speaking out against monopolies in basic consumer goods, which often results in higher bills for groceries, and high energy and bank charges for the ordinary Québécois people. And, as a member of the nationalist Parti Québécois, she is of course a passionate campaigner for independence for her province.
What will the future bring for this inspiring politician? As she works tirelessly on immigration policies, gender and youth rights as well as violence against women, we’ll be keeping an eye on her upward trajectory. But for now, let’s also turn our eyes to just a few of Catherine Fournier’s most style-worthy moments:
Attending your first official congress meeting as a Parti Québécois MNA is a momentous occasion second to none. To mark the event, Catherine Fournier chose a tailored fit-and-flare dress in grey check print and wore it with stylish aplomb.
A proud Québécois through and through! On Fête Nationale du Québec, the provinces’s national holiday, Fournier used the flag of Québec as her style inspiration. Known as the Fleurdelisé, the flag matches her royal blue skater-style dress and bejeweled necklace perfectly.
In good company
It’s not everyday that you meet one of Québec’s most celebrated actors. Fournier attended an event for the film De Père En Flic 2 and got the chance to meet one of the movie’s main stars, Michel Côté. Her outfit couldn’t have been better suited – a chic long-sleeved jumpsuit in eye-catching red. Gorgeous!
Fuschia femme fatale
The Québec National Assembly houses its fair share of fashionable members. Fournier poses alongside a fellow MP from the Marie-Victorin area, this time in a ¾-sleeved knee-length number in striking fuchsia pink. A slim black belt cinches her petite frame at the waist, creating a beautifully slim feminine silhouette.
Catherine Fournier & Elsie Lefebvre: faces of the future
For every inspirational young legislator, there are several more in their wake. Here, Fournier smiles alongside the previous record-holder for youngest MNA, Elsie Lefebvre. At the age of 25, Lefebvre had been the youngest woman elected to the Québec National Assembly – that is, until Fournier was elected at 24 years old. The duo makes a formidable pair, with Fournier choosing a pale pink lacy shift dress worn underneath a fitted black blazer. The future of Québec’s political landscape has become a stylish force to be reckoned with!