Marlene Catterall has represented Ottawa West and Ottawa West – Nepean as a member of Parliament since 1988. She served as Canada’s first female Chief Government Whip, as Deputy Government Whip and as Parliamentary Secretary to the President of Treasury Board.
Ms. Catterall consults with and advocates for the people she represents. She supported and obtained funding for local organizations to provide training and employment services, crime prevention programs, cross-cultural training, housing and help for the homeless, student employment, and investment in research and infrastructure funding. She has held community consultations on the federal budget, health care, foreign policy, seniors, youth employment and small business.
Ms. Catterall’s work led to the designation of the Experimental Farm as a national historical site.
As a parliamentarian, Ms. Catterall worked to resolve the pay equity issue in the Public Service, introduced a private member's bill that established National Public Service Week, and led the initiative to have the Auditor-General report more frequently to Parliament.
Recently, she has formed and chairs the Liberal Caucus Committee on Governance.
Ms. Catterall has been a member of the Standing Committees on the Environment, Human Rights and the Status of Disabled Persons, and on Government Operations. She currently sits on the Standing Committee on Justice.
Ms. Catterall and Ron have lived in Ottawa West – Nepean for more than 25 years and raised their three children there.