Rachel, Our Candidate for the 2018 Liberal Nomination in Outremont
Rachel Bendayan grew up in our riding and is raising her family here in Outremont. Rachel, the official candidate of the Liberal Party of Canada in Outremont in 2015, has never shied away from addressing challenging and difficult issues, both locally and well beyond. In her campaign against the leader of the official opposition, Rachel increased the Liberal vote share in the riding by almost twenty percent, nearly taking the seat. Rachel took a year of unpaid leave from her job to knock on nearly 30,000 doors, participate in hundreds of community events and show her neighbours and constituents that positive politics was not only possible but that a new generation of political leaders were committed to doing things differently.
In January 2015, Rachel was invited to join the Trudeau government where she served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Small Business and Tourism, working on supporting Small and Medium Businesses and the Government’s women’s entrepreneurship strategy.
Over a period of ten years, Rachel built a successful and highly specialized legal practice at Norton Rose Fulbright, formerly Ogilvy Renault, in the then male dominated field of international arbitration within the commercial litigation team. She also taught at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal in the evenings and volunteered in local high schools to teach the importance of the Canadian and Quebec Charters.
Rachel served on the Party's National Board of Directors and was the youngest legal and constitutional advisor in the history of the Liberal Party of Canada. In her 20 years of volunteering with the Party, Rachel held many positions including Vice-President of the Outremont Federal Liberal Association.
Rachel is currently on maternity leave from her position in the Trudeau Government. You can often find Rachel at many of Outremont’s community and family activities or on Mount Royal, walking with her stroller and rescue dog, Noche.