Now a law professor at the University of Ottawa, Emilie Taman began her legal career as a clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada, followed by a term as Counsel for its Law Branch. She then went on to become a federal crown prosecutor where she was responsible for the prosecution of offences such as corporate tax evasion, human smuggling, environmental and fisheries violations, and fraud.
It was the Harper government’s disrespect for the public service, utter disdain for science and its attacks on the judicial system that compelled Emilie to run for the NDP in the last federal election. Her ongoing concern for the future of our country, growing inequality and the need to increase the number of effective voices of progressive opposition in Parliament, have made her decide to run again.
Daughter of former Supreme Court Justice, Louise Arbour and former Ontario Deputy Attorney-General Larry Taman, Emilie comes by her commitment to public service, honestly. Raised in both of Canada’s official languages it was Emilie’s grand-maman Rose that ensured her childhood stayed rooted in French Canadian culture.
Emilie and her spouse, criminal defense lawyer, Michael Spratt are proud parents of three children, all born at the Montfort Hospital. Together Emilie and Mike host a popular pod-cast called The Docket.
Concerned that development driven planning is moving the core of Ottawa further away from Ottawa-Vanier, Emilie joined Bookmark the Core, a grassroots citizen advocacy group, that is focused on pushing city council and the library board for greater transparency on the Central Library project. She believes strongly that this new and exciting piece of social infrastructure should be located in the core of our great City.
At the end of 2015, Emilie had the privilege working with friends and neighbours to bring a Syrian family of six to Canada. The family is now thriving in the heart of Vanier. Emilie also provided pro bono legal counsel through the Sponsorship Support Program, assisting other aspiring refugee sponsors with their refugee sponsorship applications.
Emilie is committed to working hard on behalf of all the people in Ottawa-Vanier. Her skill and passion will make her an effective advocate and a true leader on the national stage.