Nicholas Lawson - Westmount--Saint-Louis

Candidate for Westmount - Saint-Louis

I was born in 1984 in Guelph, Ontario, where I lived until going to university in 2003. I completed a BA in 2007 and an MA in 2008 at Queen’s University, both in economics, followed by a PhD in economics at Princeton University in 2013. From 2013 to 2016, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics in France. Finally, I moved to Montreal to begin my current job as a professor of economics at UQAM in June 2016.


I am passionate about an approach to economics that searches for better public policies that have the potential to improve people's lives. As a professor, I have taught courses in labour economics and econometrics to undergraduate and graduate students at UQAM. I have also written research papers that study a variety of policy questions, including unemployment insurance, university tuition, and income taxation. In all of my work, I emphasize the real-world applications: I apply economic methods to the study of public policies that impact the lives of the general public.


I am also passionate about Montreal: long before finding a job at UQAM, I had visited Montreal many times and knew that this was where I wanted to live.  Montreal is a city with a vibrant and diverse cultural life, and I am a season-ticket-holder at institutions as varied as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Montreal Impact soccer club. Since moving to Montreal, I have also discovered the uniquely Quebecois sport of “petites quilles” (rubberband duckpin bowling), and I compete weekly in a bowling league on Rue St-Zotique in La Petite-Patrie.


I am running for the Quebec NDP because I believe in the progressive principles of the party: I believe that government can be a force for good in our society and our economy. Quebec deserves better than the austerity agenda of the current government. I am proud to support the progressive agenda of the Quebec NDP, which seeks to defend and improve our public services, work towards greater equality with policies such as a guaranteed minimum income, protect our environment, and build an economy that gives opportunities to all the people of Quebec. I am also proud to support an approach that rejects the divisive agenda of separatism, which several other parties continue to advocate.


I am running for the Quebec NDP because we believe that, together, it is possible to build a more equal and more prosperous Quebec, and I am proud to be a member of our team of trust!


Nicholas Lawson

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