First elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier in a by-election on February 13th, 1995, Mauril Bélanger was re-elected in the 1997 and 2000 general elections.
In July 1998, Mr. Bélanger was appointed by Prime Minister Chrétien to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage until August 2000.
On December 12, 2003, Mr. Bélanger was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Chief Government Whip by the Right Honourable Paul Martin.
He has been Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages and Co-Chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Group. He was also a member of the Standing Committees on Industry, Citizenship & Immigration, Canadian Heritage, and of the joint Senate and House of Commons special committees studying bilateral constitutional amendments for Newfoundland and Quebec. He was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Urban Issues.
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Bélanger has held various positions in the public and private sectors. In the early 1980s he was an Assistant to the late Right Honourable Jean-Luc Pepin, who was then Minister of Transport; in the mid to late 1980s, he worked as a registered investment advisor; and in the early 1990s, was Chief of Staff for the Chair of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.
A native of Mattawa, Ontario, Mr. Bélanger and his wife Catherine reside in Ottawa. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he had been President of the Students’ Federation