Abitibi—Témiscamingue

Aline Bégin is an activist and community leader who has a long track record of social commitment. She was born and raised in western Quebec and is lucky to come from a family of founders, politicians, committed women and entrepreneurs who all helped develop the Abitibi territory.

As a child growing up near the shores of Lake Abitibi, Aline was already involved, representing the student council of the high school in La Sarre. She went on to pursue her college studies in English in Sudbury, Ontario. In 1980, Aline moved to Quebec City and became involved in cooperative development.

Aline worked as a coordinator for some 60 community organizations in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region, working on a diverse range of issues including the fight against poverty. One of her greatest accomplishments was helping to organize a mobilization of more than two thousand participants from all over Quebec to defend the autonomous popular education program. She also participated in a variety of revitalization projects, founding a family cooperative in two neighbourhoods that aimed to reduce the prejudices and pressures faced by low-income families.

Aline got her start in politics while participating in the creation of two municipal parties: the "Rassemblement populaire de Québec" and the "Comité de relance de l'économie et de l'emploi de Québec". The parties helped generate Québec City's current economic vitality, and secure its reputation as a dynamic city that was able to reduce unemployment by more than ten percent in ten years.

After the 1995 referendum, Aline left Quebec City to travel to the Outaouais region. Working as a French as a second language teacher in Ottawa area private schools, Aline is committed to building cooperative projects, workshops and residencies for artists. She also offers her services as a consultant to the House of Commons in Ottawa, where she has been teaching French for several years.

It was around this time that Aline became more involved with environmental initiatives, creating the coopérative bio-équitable de l'Outaouais (CBIO) to promote educational projects in schools with the Fonds Vert de la Ville de Gatineau. The CBIO is a social economy enterprise focused on raising awareness of gardening as a form of sustainable agriculture with children, teens and young adults. At this time, she also became involved in the organization and development of the Green Party of Canada in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

With the intention of encouraging young people to participate massively in the 2019 election and working towards truth and reconciliation with the Aboriginal nations, Aline is excited to engage in an active exchange of ideas during this election cycle.