Minister Yolande James Visits


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As part of Black History Month, Quebec Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities Yolande James visited Coronation Elementary School in Côte des Neiges on February 24 and addressed the students. Ms. James became the first black woman elected to the National Assembly in 2004 and the first black cabinet minister upon her initial appointment by Premier Jean Charest in the spring of 2007. Born in Montreal, she attended Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, Vanier College, Queen’s University and Université de Montréal, completing degrees in common and civil law before being called to the Bar in 2004. After working as political attaché for then Nelligan MNA Russell Williams, she ran in his seat when he decided to leave politics.