This riding covers all of northern Quebec. It begins just south of the town of Val d'Or and runs north along the west bank of James Bay and Hudson Bay. Ungava Bay forms part of its northern border and Labrador forms part of its border in the east. The riding contains the regional county municipality of Vallée-de-l'Or and the territories of Jamésie and Kativik. It includes Lac-Simon Indian Reserve, the Indian Settlement of Grand-Lac Victoria, the Cree villages and reserved lands of Chisasibi, Eastmain, Mistissini, Nemiscau, Waskaganish, Waswanipi and Wemindji, the Cree village and reserved land of Whapmagoostui, the village municipalities of Akulivik, Aupaluk, Inukjuak, Ivujivik, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangiqsujuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, Kuujjuarapik, Puvirnituq, Quaqtaq, Salluit, Tasiujaq and Umiujaq, the Naskapi village of Kawawachikamach and the Indian Settlement of Oujé-Bougoumou. Population centres in the south include Val d'Or, Malartic, Amos and Senneterre.
The industries in this riding include the service sector, manufacturing,
mining, forestry, farming and retail trade. The riding is also home to
the James Bay hydro project. The average family income is $54,027 and
unemployment is 14.3 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, the aboriginal population is over 26 per cent, the sixth-highest in Canada. The total immigrant population is just over one per cent. More than 15 per cent of the population has less than a Grade 9 education. Almost 69 per cent of the population speaks French as a mother tongue, while less than three per cent speak English.
In 2004, Nunavik-Eeyou was created from 74 per cent of Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik
and 15 per cent of Roberval. Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik riding was created
in 1966 from Chapleau, Saguenay and Villeneuve. In the 1996 redistribution,
a small part of Manicouagan was added.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois candidate Yvon Lévesque earned
his first term as MP, defeating Liberal Guy St. Julien by just 572 votes.
St. Julien was first elected as a Progressive Conservative in 1984 and
1988. He was defeated by the BQ's Bernard Deshaies in 1993, then won again,
running as a Liberal, in 1997 and 2000.
The Social Credit's Gérard Laprise won in Chapleau in 1962, 1963
and 1965 and in Abitibi in 1968, 1972 and 1974. Créditiste Armand Caouette won
in 1979, but was defeated in 1980 by Liberal René Gingras who served
one term only.
1968-1979 inclusive - SC
1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993 - BQ
1997, 2000 - LIB
2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Education: UQAT: Certificate in industrial relations and administration. Training in health and safety, CCQ Montr�al (1978-1979) Courses in electricity, �cole des m�tiers d'Amos (1954-1956).
Career Background: Director-General, Comité d'aide au développement des collectivités, Senneterre (1993-1994). Superintendent, Melhorn Co., Noranda (1975-1977). Foreman, L.D. Pilon, Val d'Or (1974-1975). Foreman, Melhorn Co., Noranda (1972-1974). Foreman, Hydro-Ontario Kenora (1970-1972). Political and Community Involvement:
Fédération québécoise de camping caravaning: President (since 2002); Treasurer 1999-2002); Secretary (1998-1999). Director, CRDAT (1987-1992); C.F.P. (1979-1989). VP, Conseil consultatif de la C.F.P. (1978-1989).
Community Activities: FQCC (Quebec Federation of Camping and Caravaning): President (since 2002); Treasurer (1999-2002); Secretary (1998-1999). Social Legislation Specialist Trainer (1984-1992). Instruction, Social Legislation (1984-1992). Board member, Abitibi-Témiscamingue Regional Development. Council (1987-1992). Board member, Commission de formation professionnelle de la main-d'oeuvre (Manpower Vocational Training Commission) (1979-1989).
Party: Volunteer, Parti Québécois (since 1976); Treasurer, Parti Québécois Association in Abitibi-Est (since 2001).
Federal: Elected in Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou in 2004.
405-888 ave 3rd
Val d'Or, Quebec
Room 318 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Has studied computer science, office systems technology and computer programming.
Career Background: Has owned and managed a number of different businesses. Is the owner of Jumelage Marchands-Clients, which promotes points-bonus.com, as well as Santé Nature Sélect, which specializes in the sale of natural products.
Party: The Green Party of Canada
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Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Profession: business person
Career Background: Worked as an insurance sales representative and a sales representative in the air conditioning industry.
Municipal: Served a city councillor for Val d'Or from 1986 to 1992.
Federal: SC MP for Abitibi from 1974 to 1980. Defeated in Abitibi as PC in 1997.
Party: New Democratic Party