The riding is located in the north central part of the Island of Montreal and is bounded by Rivière-des-Prairies in the west, Autoroute des Laurentides in the south, Autoroute 40 in the east, and Avenue Papineau, Louvain East, Boulevard St-Michel, the CN line and Avenue Bruchési in the north.
The main industries include manufacturing, health and social services, as well as retail trade. The average family income is $60,338 and unemployment is 9.1 per cent.
There is a significant non-francophone population and according to the 2001 census, only 57 per cent have French as their mother tongue. The total immigrant population is slightly more than 30 per cent, with large Italian and Arabic populations. More than 12 per cent of the population have less than a Grade 9 education, but at the same time, more than 18 per cent of the population have a university degree. Sixty-three per cent of dwellings are rented, far outnumbering owner-occupied homes.
In 2004, the northern boundary of the riding moved from Boulevard St-Michel to Avenue Bruchesi. The riding of Ahuntsic existed from 1966 to 1976 and was recreated in 1986 from 63 per cent of St-Michel-Ahuntsic, 26 per cent of Laval-Des-Rapides, 13 per cent of St-Denis and four per cent of Bourassa. The 1996 redistribution added 18 per cent of St-Denis.
In 2004, Liberal incumbent Eleni Bakopanos defeated Bloc Québécois
candidate Maria Mourani to win a third term. In
2000, Bakopanos defeated the BQ's Fatima El Amraoui.
The riding of Ahuntsic voted Liberal in the 1960s and 1970s, electing Jean
Sauvé in 1972 and 1974. Sauvé was the first female cabinet
member from Quebec, the first woman elected as Speaker of the House
of Commons and the first woman to serve as Governor General. Sauvé was
elected in Laval-Des-Rapides in 1979 and 1980. Her successor in Laval-Des-Rapides,
in 1984 was Liberal Raymond Garneau, who defeated PC Lawrence Hanigan.
The riding of St-Michel elected Liberal Monique Bégin in 1972 and
1974 and Liberal Thérèse Killens won in 1979, 1980 and 1984.
Bégin served as minister of revenue and minister of national health
and welfare under Pierre Trudeau. She was elected
in 1979 and 1980.
In 1988 in the newly recreated Ahuntsic, PC Nicole-Roy Arcelin defeated Liberal Raymond Garneau by 692 votes. In 1993, the BQ's Michel Daviault defeated Liberal Celine Hérvieux-Payette by 1,658 votes.
1988 - PC
1993 - BQ
1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB
Party: Bloc Québécois
Career background: Rehabilitation consultant, Commission de la sant�-s�curit� au travail (2004). Professor, department of sociology, University of Montreal (2004). Independent researcher (2003-2004). Probation officer, Correctional Services Canada (1999-2002). Researcher, �cole de service social, Universit� de Montr�al (2001-2002). Research assistant, GRASP, University of Montreal (2001). Teacher, Centres jeunesse de Montr�al (2000-2001)
Community activities: Member: l'Action volontaire Saint-Laurent (1997-1999); Conseil d'�tablissement de l'�cole Henri-Beaulieu (1999-2000); journal artistique Foufoune (2003-2004); l'Association des criminologues du Qu�bec (2003); Comit� r�flexion et action sociale (1998-1999). President: Commission de la citoyennet� du Bloc Qu�b�cois (2003); PQ executive in Acadie (2003-2004). Freelancer for the newspaper L'Avenir (2003-2004)
Party: President, BQ Citizens Commission; president, PQ executive in Acadie riding, 2003-04. Member, Comit� directeur du congr�s d'orientation du PQ (2003-2005)
Provincial: Defeated in Acadie in 2003
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Holds a diploma in building mechanics. Also studied at the École de Technologie Supérieure
Marital status: Married
Career background: Was elected twice as his local school board commissioner (CECM) and was delegate and member of the executive for the Montreal Island School Council. He is a certified maintenance worker and stationary engine mechanic.
Federal: Defeated in Rosemont-Petite-Patrie for the Canadian Alliance in 2000
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Career background: Is the deputy leader of the Green party; co-producer and co-host of a weekly progam on radio Community McGill CKUT 90.3FM, �colibrium. Its mission is to inform the general public on various subjects regarding ecology and protection of the environment. Is an entrepreneur and has been self-employed for several years. Was once the owner of a beauty/health centre where she worked as a phytotherapy consultant
Community activities: Volunteer for the Belle et Bien dans sa peau (Look Good Feel Better) program
Party: Is deputy leader of the Green party. In 2000, was president and founding member of the Green Party of Quebec
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth date: May 10, 1954
Birthplace: Argos, Greece
Education: Holds an honours BA (political science and history) from McGill in 1976. Also studied law
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Constantin Geropapas
Children: Athena and Vasilike
Career background: Was policy adviser to the minister of Cultural Communities and Immigration from 1986 to 1990. Was vice-president of Cultural Communities on the Council of Cultural Communities and Immigration in Quebec from 1990 to 1993
Community activities: Member of the board of United Way in Montreal since 1991. Member of the Association of Business and Professional Women of Montreal since 1981. Member of Association for Promotion and Socio-Economic Development of Eastern Montreal. Former member of: Consultation committee for the International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination Montreal Reg., multi-sectorial committee for International Year of the Family; Montreal consultation committee for Black History Month; and Montreal advisory committee for the Year of Intercultural and Interracial Harmony
Party Worked on past election campaigns. Regional co-ordinator for electoral riding in Montreal West, Liberal Party of Quebec, 1981-1985. Provincial co-ordinator, Ethnic Groups Committee, Liberal Party of Quebec, 1981-1985
Federal: Elected: in Saint-Denis in 1993; in Ahuntsic in 1997, 2000 and 2004. Candidate appointed by Jean Chr�tien in 1993. First Greek-born woman elected to House of Commons
Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary secretary: Worked for the minister of Justice and the Attorney General from 1997 to 1999. Was an assistant deputy speaker from 2001 to 2003. Was parliamentary secretary to the minister of Human Resources and Skills Development with special emphasis on Social Economy in 2003
Committee: Former chair, citizenship and immigration committee; former vice-chair, Canadian Heritage. Former member: Justice and Human Rights; Procedure and House Affairs; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; subcommittee on human rights and international development; subcommittee on private members' business of procedure and House affairs; special joint committee on child custody and access; member: Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Caucus: Former vice-chair, Quebec Liberal caucus; secretary of the Liberal caucus; member of the Liberal social policy caucus; member of the Liberal women's caucus
9890 St-Laurent Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec H3L 2N3
Tel.: (514) 383-3709
Room 300 Justice Bldg
House of Commons
Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Education: Student (Université de Montréal
Party: Member of the Youth Committee of the NDP
Tel: (514) 590-0036