Emilie Taman is a lawyer and community activist who has lived in Ottawa Centre the past 12 years. She first moved to Ottawa to work as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada, which led to a term as Counsel for its Law Branch following her call to the bar in 2006.
Emilie 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 offences, and fraud.
Most recently, Emilie worked as a law professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Common Law. In 2018 she was named one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
It was the Harper government’s disrespect for the public service, disdain for science and its attacks on the judicial system that compelled Emilie to run for the NDP alongside then MP Paul Dewar in the 2015 federal election.
Paul became an important mentor to Emilie over the course of the 2015 federal election and she continues to look to him as a role model.
Her ongoing concern for the future of our country, growing inequality and the lack of a credible plan to address climate change, made her decide to run again – this time in her home riding.
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. Together, Emilie and Mike host a popular and award-winning podcast called The Docket.
At the end of 2015, Emilie had the privilege working with friends and neighbours to bring a Syrian family of six to Canada. Two more refugee families have since arrived and are settling in to their new lives in Ottawa.
Emilie has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) and the Federation of Citizens’ Associations (FCA). She currently serves as Treasurer of the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation. She has been involved as a parent volunteer and class parent at Hopewell Avenue Public School.
Emilie is committed to working hard on behalf of all the people in Ottawa-Centre. Her skill and passion will make her an effective advocate and a true leader on the national stage.