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DISTRICT: Abitibi-Témiscamingue
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Marc LemayBQ2463752.34% X
Marie-Josée CarbonneauCON1063422.59%
Charles LavergneLIB650113.81%
Christine MooreNDP40228.54%
Patrick RancourtGRN12792.72%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 259 of 259 polls reporting

Ridings

034 Abitibi-Témiscamingue

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Marc Lemay (Incumbent)
CON:Marie-Josée Carbonneau
GRN:Patrick Rancourt
LIB:Charles Lavergne
NDP:Christine Moore


RIDING PROFILE

 Riding Map
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.

Population: 104,620

Political History
The Bloc Québécois regained this riding in 2004, after losing it to the Liberals in a 2003 byelection.

For 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.

1968, 1972, 1974, 1977 byelection - SC
1979, 1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000 - BQ
2003 byelection - LIB
2004 - BQ




CANDIDATE PROFILES

Marc Lemay

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.

Electoral History
Federal: Elected in Abitibi-Témiscamingue in 2004

Political History
Committee: Member: Canadian Heritage
Caucus: Critic for Sport



Marie Josée Carbonneau

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: Amos, Que.

Marital Status: Married
Children: Three

Career Background: Works for her spouse's company, BCR Consultant, which specializes in Internet services

Community Activities: Has run fundraising campaigns for Sun Youth

Campaign Office:
mcarbonneau30@msn.com



Patrick Rancourt

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Campaign Office:
(418) 869-2214
prancourt@partivert.ca













Charles Lavergne

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.

Campaign Office:
31 Principale, Rouyn-Noranda
(819) 762-0704
Charles.Lavergne@plcq.org
lavergne.plcq.ca



Christine Moore

Party: New Democratic Party

Campaign Office:
christine.moore@npd.qc.ca












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ELECTION RESULTSDetails>
1241035129
Total Elected and Leading
CON124036.27%
LIB103030.23%
BQ51010.48%
NDP29017.48%
IND10.52%
OTH005.02%

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