Melanie Joly named minister of Canadian heritage

Joly, the MP for Montreal's Ahuntsic-Cartierville riding, ran for mayor of Montreal in 2013 and has also worked in both law and communications.

joly_mMelanie Joly, the MP for Montreal’s Ahuntsic-Cartierville riding, has been named the new minister of Canadian Heritage in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

Joly was formerly a lawyer and a partner in the Montreal communications firm Cohn & Wolfe before making the move to politics. She also ran in Montreal’s mayoral race in 2013.

Joly has also sat as a director on a number of boards, including Regie des rentes du Quebec, Fondation du CHUM and Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal. She was the first person from Quebec to receive the Arnold Edinborough Award for her work in the cultural community.

The previous Heritage Minister was Shelly Glover, who announced in April she would not seek re-election as she returned to her past career in law enforcement.