Catherine Pinhas Mulcair

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Catherine Pinhas Mulcair
Born (1955-09-27) 27 September 1955 (age 66)
🏳️ Citizenship
  • Canadian
  • French
💼 Occupation
Spouse of Leader of the Opposition (2012-2015)
👩 Spouse(s)
Thomas Mulcair (m. 1976)

Catherine Pinhas Mulcair (born September 27, 1955[1]) is a Canadian psychologist based in Quebec. She is the wife of former Canadian Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair.[2]

After Mulcair became the leader of the Official Opposition in 2012, Pinhas began using the name Catherine P. Mulcair instead of Catherine Pinhas, which she previously preferred.[3]

Early life[edit]

She was born in France to a secular, Jewish family of Holocaust survivors, their Sephardic forebears had lived in what is now Turkey, and grew up in the Paris suburb of Neuilly.[4][2][5][6] Catherine's mother, Lydia, fled the German occupation as an 11-year-old with her own mother to the town of Aurillac, in a part of France not yet occupied by Germany, where they managed to survive the war even after Germany occupied all of France.[4]


Pinhas works in private practice in Verdun, Quebec as well as in long-term and palliative care at a community and was a member of the board of administrator at the Order of Psychologists of Quebec and the regional health board for southwest Montreal until May 2015.[2]

She and Thomas Mulcair met as teenagers when she visited Quebec from France in order to attend a cousin's wedding. She immigrated to Canada soon after and the couple married in 1976 when they were both 21.[2]

She is a dual citizen of Canada and France and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Assemblée des Français de l'étranger, a body representing French citizens living abroad, in 2009.[2] Under the name Catherine Mulcair, she ran on a slate aligned with then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right party, the Union for a Popular Movement.[7]


  1. Genealogie Thomas Mulcair Nosorigines
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Smith, Joanna (April 9, 2012). "Thomas Mulcair's wife Catherine a psychologist and political confidante". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  3. Kingston, Anne (27 November 2015). "Sophie Grégoire-What? It may be 2015, but not for political wives". Maclean's. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mulcair, Tom (18 July 2015). "The enchantment of Tom Mulcair (published excerpt from Mulcair autobiography)". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  5. Bellan, Bernie (April 20, 2012). "Catherine Mulcair, Wife of new NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, is Jewish". Jewish Post and News.[permanent dead link]
  6. Kirkup, Kristy (11 October 2015). "Refugee crisis personal for NDP leader's wife Catherine Pinhas Mulcair". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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