On December 12, 2003, the Hon. Eleni Bakopanos was appointed by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development with particular responsibility for the social economy. She served as Assistant Deputy Speaker to the House of Commons (2001-2003) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada (1997-1999). She was also a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the Committee on Canadian Heritage of which she was vice-chair, and the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration which she chaired.
Ms. Bakopanos was elected as the federal member for Ahuntsic in 1997, and re-elected in 2000. She was the first woman of Greek origin to be elected to Parliament she won the constituency of Saint-Denis in October 1993.
Ms. Bakopanos is a dynamic and dedicated representative of her constituents. She is an advocate for various causes such as the environment, poverty, young people at risk, seniors and new Canadians, and human rights at the national and international level.
Ms. Bakopanos has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from McGill University where she also studied law. She is married with two children.