First elected in November 2000 for the riding of Laval East, Carole-Marie Allard is again running as a Liberal Party of Canada candidate in the upcoming election for the newly-named riding of Alfred-Pellan.
Ms. Allard is from Lac Saint-Jean and grew up in the Saguenay. In 1975, she left the region to work for the Société Radio-Canada in Montreal where she was employed for a number of years as a journalist. She received an undergraduate degree in 1978 from McGill University in economics and political science.
In 1983, she moved to Ottawa to host a public affairs program on the regional Radio-Canada station and then on the TVA network. In 1986, she began law studies at the University of Ottawa while continuing her career as a freelance journalist in the parliamentary press gallery. She completed her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1989 and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1991.
After publishing two essays and acquiring varied practical experience in communications within government, she chose to practice law in 1993. She was still in private practice when she entered politics in November 2000.
As an MP, Ms. Allard has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on the Non-medical Use of Drugs, and a member of the Standing Committees on Justice, Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.