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 DISTRICT: Richelieu
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Louis Plamondon BQ 31497 64.67% X
Ghislaine Provencher LIB 11045 22.68%
Daniel A. Proulx CON 3726 7.65%
Charles Bussiļæ½res NDP 1017 2.09%
Jean-Pierre Bonenfant GRN 839 1.72%
Daniel Blackburn MP 580 1.19%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 224 of 224 polls reporting


086 Richelieu

2004 Candidates

MP: Daniel Blackburn
GRN: Jean-Pierre Bonenfant
NDP: Charles Bussières
BQ: Louis Plamondon
CON: Daniel Proulx
LIB: Ghislaine Provencher

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
This riding is located across from Trois-Rivières on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. It contains the regional county municipalities of Nicolet-Yamaska, Le Bas-Richelieu and Bécancour. The Odanak Indian Reserve No. 12 and Wôlinak Indian Reserve No. 11 fall in the riding. The major centres include Sorel-Tracy, Bécancour and Nicolet.

This riding is mostly urban but contains several farming communities. Manufacturing is the main industry in this riding, followed by other services. The average family income is $51,590 and the unemployment rate is eight per cent.

This is a largely francophone riding, and almost 96 per cent of the population lists French as their mother tongue, while less than one per cent of the population is English. The total immigrant population is 1.6 per cent. Almost 15 per cent of the population has less than a Grade 9 education.

In the redistribution of 2004, 11 per cent of Lotbinière-L'érable was added in the east and the riding renamed Richelieu. The riding of Richelieu was established in 1867, but abolished in 1933. The riding of Richelieu-Verchères was created in 1933 and abolished in 1966. This riding was re-created in 1966 from Richelieu-Verchères and Nicolet-Yamaska. In 1996, small parts of Drummond, Verchères and Lotbinière were added. The riding name changed from Richelieu to Bas-Richelieu-Nicolet-Bécancour in 1998.

Population: 92,650

Political History
In 2000, Bloc Québécois MP Louis Plamondon defeated Liberal Roland Paradis. Plamondon was first elected in 1984 as a Progressive Conservative, the first PC to win since 1891. In 1988, after Meech Lake failed, Plamondon resigned from the PC caucus and was a founding member of the Bloc Québécois. Plamondon was charged in April 1993 with attempting to hire a prostitute. He pleaded guilty in 1994 and received an absolute discharge. In 1993 and 1997, he won for the BQ.

Liberal Florian Coté won from 1968 to 1974 and was followed by Liberal Jean-Louis Leduc in 1979 and 1980.

1896-1980 incl - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000 - BQ


Candidate Profiles

Ghislaine Provencher

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: May 19, 1958
Age: 46
Birthplace: Saint-Sylvère

University Degree:
Education: Certificate in administration from the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and is also certified by the Financial Services Bureau in the area of financial planning.
Career Background: For more than 25 years, she has operated the Ferme Probec, a dairy and grain company. Her son works as her assistant and is preparing to take over the company. She is president and owner of the Groupe Labonté Provencher specializing in damage insurance, and Le Groupe Provencher, specializing in insurance for individuals and investments. Her daughter works alongside her in this field.
Community Involvement: In the past, she has worked as a volunteer with organizations in her community. She was president of the board of the Caisse populaire de Saint-Sylvère from 1991 to 1996, and was founding president of the Saint-Sylvère Optimist Club from 1987 to 1990.
Children: Two - Veronique, Kevin

Political History
Party: Former member of the BQ

Louis Plamondon

Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: July 31, 1943
Age: 60
Birthplace: St-Raymond/Portneuf

Education: Laval Univ (B.Ed.), 1964-68; University of Montreal - B.A.An. - 1976 Teaching Certificate - 1964 - École normale Maurice L. Duplessis
Career Background:
1969-84 - Math Teacher, Sorel, Que. Since 1974, Co-owner, Restaurant Tracy; Since 1984, Co-owner, Chenal-du-Moine (Theatre).
Community involvement:
Member, Bd of Dir: 1968-70 - Caisse populaire Rivière de Tracy; 1982-84 - Corporation de développement économique de la région Sorel-Tracy; 1980-82 - Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu de Sorel. Member: Comité consultatif régional sur les relations patronales syndicales du gouvernement du Québec (1983-84); Comité de liaison éducation-industrie pour la région de Sorel-Tracy; steering committee and head of reception, protocol and publicity, Jeux régionaux pour handicapés (1982). Founding President, Centre communautaire Notre-Dame (1981-84). Secretary, Comité du Port de Sorel (1981-82). President, Sorel-Tracy Chamber of Commerce (1981-83). Honorary president of various special events (1984-93).
Marital Status: Divorced
Children: Two - Lucie, Catherine

Political History
Federal: Richelieu: won as PC in 1984,1988. Left PCs June 26, 1990 - Founding member of BQ. Won as BQ in Richelieu in 1993, 1997. Won in Bas-Richelieu-Nicolet-Bécancour in 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Former Member: Environment; Communications and Culture; Canadian Heritage; Procedure and House Affairs; Finance, Joint Committee on Official Languages; National Defence and Veterans Affairs; Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs; Agriculture and Agri-Food; Special Joint Committee on the Amendment to Term 17 of the Terms of Union of Newfoundland; Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament. Member: Agriculture & Agri-Food; National Defence and Veterans' Affairs; Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.
Former critic for: Communications, Environment, Forests, Fisheries and Oceans, Secretary of State, Library of Parliament; Official Languages, Francophones Outside Quebec; Veterans' Affairs. Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Office Address:
307 Marie-Victorin,
Sorel-Tracy, Que.
(450) 742-0479
Capital Address:
Room 206 Justice Bldg
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Ont
(613) 995-9241

Daniel Proulx

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Education: Diploma in administration from University of Montreal.
Career Background: Between 1998 and 2003, he served as an administrator. He is owner of his own firm, which develops computer concepts. Vice-president and then President of the Metropolitan Sorel-Tracy Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Charles Bussières

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Jean-Pierre Bonenfant

Party: Green Party of Canada

Daniel Blackburn

Party: Marijuana Party of Canada


# #
 Overall Election Results (2004)
Party Elected Leading Total Vote Share
LIB 135 0 135 36.71%
CON 99 0 99 29.61%
BQ 54 0 54 12.40%
NDP 19 0 19 15.69%
NA 1 0 1 .13%
OTH 0 0 0 5.47%
 Last Update June 29, 5:39:26 AM EDT


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