The riding is located in the southwest corner of Quebec, on the border with Ontario. It stretches from the Ottawa River in the south to include a small part of James Bay in the north. The riding includes the city of Rouyn-Noranda, the regional county municipalities of Abitibi-Ouest, Abitibi and Timiscaming, and part of the Municipality of Baie-James. There are several reserves, including Pikogan Indian Reserve, Timiskaming Indian Reserve No. 19 and Eagle Village First Nation-Kipawa Indian Reserve, and the Indian settlements of Hunter's Point and Winneway.
Industries include manufacturing and the service sector with some mining and some agriculture. The average family income is $52,845 and the unemployment rate is 14 per cent.
More than 94 per cent of the population cited French as their mother tongue and the total immigrant population is just over one per cent. More than 16 per cent of the population has less than a Grade 9 education.
In 2004, the riding became Abitibi-Témiscamingue, after 26 per cent of Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik was added, an additional 24,613 people. This riding was created in 1966 from Pontiac-Témiscamingue and Villeneuve. In the 1996 redistribution, it added one per cent of Abitibi. At that point the name of the riding was changed to Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue, but a private member's bill quickly changed the name back to Témiscamingue.
Political HistoryFor many years, this political territory was held by the Social Credit party. Réal Caouette won the original riding of Pontiac for Social Credit in a byelection in 1946 and held on to the seat, as the riding
grew and changed, until his death in 1976. His son Gilles Caouette,
also running under the Créditiste banner, won the 1977 byelection, but
lost to Liberal Henri Tousignant in 1979. Tousignant
kept the seat in 1980, but was defeated by PC Gariel Desjardin
in 1984. Desjardin was re-elected in 1988, but in 1993 the BQ's Pierre
Brien was voted in. The BQ held on
to the riding until it went to Liberal Gilbert Barrette in a
2003 byelection, called when Brien left federal politics to
run provincially for Action démocratique
du Québec. Marc Lemay won for the Bloc in 2004.
The Bloc Québécois regained this riding in 2004, after losing it to the Liberals in a 2003 byelection.
1968, 1972, 1974, 1977 byelection - SC
1979, 1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000 - BQ
2003 byelection - LIB
2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Education: Law degree, Laval University (1974) Quebec bar (1975)
Career Background: Lawyer, Centre juridique de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, since 1975. President of Barristers Assocation of l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (since April 2002). Political and community involvement includes his work on the board of directors for Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (December 2003); Canadian Federation of Sports (November 1992); International Federation of Amateur Cycling (August 1991); Centre des marais et ses habitants, d'Amos (March 1987); Conseil régional des loisirs de l'Abitibi-T�miscamingue (September 1985); Canadian Olympic Committee (1982-1992). He was president of the mountain bike commission, l'Union cycliste internationale, and member, conseil amateur de l'Union cycliste internationale (August 1993). Was member of the legal team of the Canadian Olympic Committee (September 1989); Fonds de l'athlète de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (since 1985). Was the president, Canadian Cycling Association from 1982 to 1992. Appointed president of International Commission of Mountain Biking by the International Federation of Amateur Cycling in January 1991.
Federal: Elected in Abitibi-Témiscamingue in 2004
Committee: Member: Canadian Heritage
Caucus: Critic for Sport
Marie Josée Carbonneau
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: Amos, Que.
Marital Status: Married
Career Background: Works for her spouse's company, BCR Consultant, which specializes in Internet services
Community Activities: Has run fundraising campaigns for Sun Youth
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: Has a master of arts in Canadian politics from the University of Ottawa. He also attended Scollard Hall College in North Bay, Ont., so that he could learn English. He enrolled in the undergraduate political science program at the University of Ottawa at the age of 17. During that time he was president of the university's Liberal club and president of the Residents Association. He was also a journalist and director of information for the French campus newspaper, La Rotonde.
Children: Daughter - Gaël-Anne
Career Background: Has been working in sales since 1990.
31 Principale, Rouyn-Noranda
Party: New Democratic Party