Jacinthe-Eve Arel was born and raised in her hometown of Donnacona. A graduate of the University of Ottawa in both criminology and political science, she began her career in the health and social services network as a youth protection worker at both the Centre Jeunesse du Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal. She then completed graduate training in public health at the Université de Montréal and further training in public administration at Montreal’s University of Public Administration (ÉNAP).
She rose quickly through the ranks of Quebec’s health and social service system to become a manager at CHU Sainte-Justine and CSSS du Haut-Richelieu-Rouville. Ms. Arel has owned a Tim Hortons, has worked as a traffic reporter for Rouge FM 107.5 and NRJ 98.9, and was news director and news anchor for Télévision Régionale des Moulins, a community television station in Terrebonne.
She decided to enter politics for the first time in 2018, as a candidate for the CAQ in the riding of Laporte. After coming in second behind the incumbent Liberal candidate, she was given the position of political advisor at the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration. At the beginning of the public health crisis in 2020 Ms. Arel left the CAQ and returned to the region with her family.
“After four years in power, the Legault government has failed to keep its promises. Its record is worse than disappointing, it is embarrassing and shameful. In addition to not keeping its promises, the CAQ have divided Quebecers. This government has infantilized its people, it has encouraged polarization, and it has lacked empathy towards our entrepreneurs, our athletes, and our children. My priority for the riding will be to listen to you and to let you explain your needs to me.
I am not arriving here as an expert on every issue in the riding, but I come here with a profound attachment to my region, an immense respect for the people of the riding and a real desire to contribute to the influence and development of the whole area. Portneuf deserves much greater visibility. Portneuf deserves faster and easier economic development. Portneuf deserves quality infrastructure, efficient, modern, and accessible services throughout its territory, and Portneuf deserves major projects !”
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