In early October 2017, following the election of the new leader of the New Democratic Party, Guy Caron was appointed Parliamentary Leader, a role he continues to hold to this day. He is also the spokespersons for energy and intergovernmental affairs.
A native of Rimouski, Guy Caron holds the region close to his heart and represents a strong voice for rural areas in Ottawa. Last year he introduced Bill C-274; An Act to amend the Income Tax Act to facilitate the transfer of small businesses or agricultural or fishing corporations between family members. More specifically, this project would have allowed owners and purchasers of the same family to enjoy the same rights and privileges as if it were a transaction between two unrelated persons.
He also worked on the retrocession of some docks in the region, so that they can finally be repaired. He has also taken a lot of steps to improve access to cellular coverage in the countryside.
It is thanks to the unifying message of Jack Layton that Guy Caron first decided to get involved in politics. He quickly became involved in Jack’s campaign and has been a member of the party ever since. It was in 2004 that he decided to run under the banner of the NDP in his home region of Rimouski.
Guy Caron was elected for the first time in 2011 in the riding of Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques. He quickly distinguished himself and played an important role in the NDP caucus. He was appointed as the party’s spokesman for energy and natural resources and deputy finance critic.
In 2015, he was re-elected for a second term, thanks to the renewed confidence of the residents of his riding. It was during this term that Guy Caron was appointed as Finance Critic and Deputy Spokesperson for Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard; both important files that he has been able to fiercely defend while putting forward the interests of Canadians.
Guy Caron's journey reveals his early interest in public affairs. He left Rimouski at age 19 to study in Ottawa where he discovered a passion for economics and student politics. During his studies in Ottawa, he became President of the University of Ottawa Student Federation and, in 1994, President of the Canadian Federation of Students. He had never spoken English before entering the University of Ottawa, but he learned English so quickly that he was appointed Floor Counselor at one of the university’s residences. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Communications at the University of Ottawa, he earned a Master's degree in Economics at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
It was during his studies in natural sciences at the Cégep de Rimouski that he initially demonstrated his interest in local affairs by becoming a journalist for the CKLE and CKMN-FM radio stations and for the Progrès-Écho and Rimouskois newspapers.
He took his first steps into the labor market in Ontario. He held the position of Director of Relations with Francophone Media at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Subsequently, he became a researcher and economist with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), where he was responsible for forestry issues. His early experiences already demonstrated his enthusiasm for the public service and workers' rights advocacy.
Because of this rich background, Guy Caron distinguishes himself as a parliamentary leader with his finesse, his knowledge of public affairs and his expertise in the field of economics. He will continue to fight to put the needs of the rural Quebec forward both within the NDP and at the national level.