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Yolande James

Former Quebec Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, and former Quebec Minister of Families

Yolande James was first elected to the Quebec National Assembly for the riding of Nelligan in 2004. She served as Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities from 2007 until 2010. From 2010 to 2012, she served as the Minister of Families, managing one of the government’s most substantial portfolios after Health and Education. As head of this department, she overhauled the governance for subsidized daycare spots that are critically important to working families. Yolande was the first Black female Member of the National Assembly, as well as Quebec’s first Black Cabinet Minister. Since leaving politics, Yolande works as a political analyst for a slew of different programs for the CBC -Radio Canada, including RDI’s Les EX and CBC’s Power and Politics.