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DISTRICT: Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Mario LaframboiseBQ2785552.13% X
Suzanne CourvilleCON1246123.32%
François-Hugues LibergeLIB717113.42%
Alain SenécalNDP34666.49%
Claude SabourinGRN24804.64%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 250 of 250 polls reporting


037 Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Mario Laframboise
CON:Suzanne Courville
GRN:Claude Sabourin
LIB:François-Hugues Liberge
NDP:Alain Sénécal


 Riding Map
This is a mainly rural riding in southwest Quebec that runs along the Ottawa River. The riding contains the City of Mirabel, the regional county municipalities of Argenteuil and Papineau and part of Deux-Montagnes and Les Pays-d'en-Haut. The communities of Oka, Pointe-Calumet, St-Joseph-du-Lac and St-Placide, Lac-des-Seize-Iles, Morin Heights, St-Adolphe-d'Howard and Wentworth-Nord and the Kanesatake Indian Lands fall in the riding.

Manufacturing is the major industry with other employment in the service sector, agriculture and tourism. The average family income is $51,883 and unemployment is 7.1 per cent.

More than 87 per cent of the population cited French as their mother tongue, and almost nine per cent spoke English. The total immigrant population is under three per cent. Almost 14 per cent of the population have less than a Grade 9 education.

In 2004, the riding was named Argenteuil-Mirabel. The riding of Argenteuil existed from 1867 to 1947 and was re-established in 1976 from 71 per cent of Argenteuil-Deux Montagnes and 20 per cent of Gatineau. The name changed to Argenteuil-Papineau in 1981. The 1996 redistribution added a part of Gatineau-La-Lièvre.

Population: 98,467

Political History
In 2000, Bloc Québécois candidate Mario Laframboise squeaked by Progressive Conservative Lise Bourgault by just 542 votes. But by 2004, he defeated the next closest candidate by a margin of more than 2 to 1. It was the fourth win for the BQ in this riding, the second for Laframboise. In 1993, the BQ's Maurice Dumas defeated Liberal Jacques Desforges and in 1997, he won a second term, defeating Stephane Hébert. Bourgault had held this riding for two terms for the PCs, winning in 1984 and 1988.

Argenteuil-Deux Montagnes voted Liberal from 1949-1980 except for PC wins in 1958 and 1965. Liberal Robert Major was elected in 1968 in Argenteuil. Liberal Francis Fox was elected in this riding in 1972 and 1974 and later went on to win two terms in Blainville-Deux-Montagnes. He was solicitor general, minister of communications and minister for international trade. Liberal Robert Gourd won in 1979 and 1980, but was defeated in 1984.

1979, 1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, l997, 2000, 2004 - BQ


Mario Laframboise

Party: Bloc Québécois

Birth date: Nov. 7, 1957
Age: 48
Birthplace: Notre Dame-de-la-Paix

Education: Diploma of notarial law, University of Quebec in Montreal. Studied human sciences, Collège Marie-Victorin. Law studies, faculty of law at the University of Montreal
Profession: Notary

Career background: Worked at the Quebec Union of Municipalities as member of the board of directors, from 1988 to 2000; treasurer from 1993 to 1995; vice-president from 1995 to 1997; and president from 1997-2000. Was negotiator of the Fiscal Agreement Between the Government of Quebec and the Municipalities in 1999. Was member of the Municipalities-Regions Project for the Socio-Econ Summit, organized by the Government of Quebec, in 1996. Was an active member of the Quebec-Municipalities Round Table from 1991 to 2000

Community activities: President, Outaouais Regional Development Council (1991-2000). Member of Decision Table for the Summit on Private Forest, the Summit on Cultural Policy, the Forum on Agriculture and the Youth Summit organized by the Government of Quebec (in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000, respectively). Joint chair, Committee for Defence of Highways 13 and 50 (since 1990). President, Employment Ideas Project for Papineau RCM (since 1999)

Political History
Municipal: Mayor, municipality of Parish of Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, from 1983 to 2000. Reeve, regional county municipality of Papineau, 1987-2000
Federal: Elected in Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel in 2000. Elected in Argenteuil-Mirabel in 2004

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Former member: Transport and Government Operations; Transport. Member: Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics; subcommittee on disclosure statement under conflict of interest code for members of procedure and House affairs.
Caucus: Former Transport critic. Infrastructure and communities critic.

Campaign Office:
505, rue B�thanie
Bureau #408
Lachute, Que.
(450) 562-0737

Capital Office:
Room 332 West Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 992-0902

Suzanne Courville

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Profession: Customer Service Representative

Career Background: Currently working as a sales and customer service representative for a frozen foods company.

Riding Address:


Claude Sabourin

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Birth date: Oct. 9, 1961
Age: 44

Education: Holds a BA in political science from the University of Quebec at Montreal
Career background: Independent operator in distribution of animal feed: Nutrizoo

Electoral History
Provincial: Defeated in Argenteuil in 2003
Federal: Defeated in Argenteuil-Mirabel in 2004

Campaign Office:
276 Daniel Street
Lachute, Que.
J8H 2B9 (450) 566-1236

François-Hugues Liberge

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Education: Is currently completing a certificate in business administration at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Completed his administrative sciences college program at the College Bois-de-Boulogne in 1993

Career background: President of a residential construction and real estate company in Laval and the Lower-Laurentians. He has also held numerous positions in politics. He was a political staffer for the minister of Relations with Citizens and Immigration in the Quebec National Assembly, he was responsible for the provincial riding of Fabre, certain regional files, the discretionary budget and office administration. He has also worked as the economic affairs assistant to Raymond Falco, MP for Laval-des-Iles. Has also worked as Automobile fleet manager with Action Ford and has been responsible for sales of vehicles to government corporations and agencies since 1999. He was automobile leasing accounts manager for Locath�que in Laval (1998-199), automobile leasing consultant for Parc Avenue leasing (1997-1998), owner of a used vehicle business (1996-1997) and customer service manager for VMC Right Track (1995-1996)

Political History
Party: He worked for the youth wing of the LPQ from 1997 to 2000 and is a member of the LPQ transport policy committee
Federal: Defeated in Terrebonne-Blainville in 2000

Alain Sénécal

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Age: 39
Birthplace: Montréal

Education: CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal
Profession: Electronic technician specialized in telecommunications

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Nancy Blanchette
Children: 5

Career Background: Has worked at Hydro-Qu�bec since 1989. Responsible for the Employee Assistance Program in the Montreal Region as a delegate of the Public Service Alliance of Canada Section 957 since 2000.

Community Activities: Soccer coach for three years. Member of Parents Secours Mirabel and of the Club Optimiste Mirabel. Volunteer with the Le Sablier program for prevention of substance abuse among youth since 2001.

Electoral History
Provincial: Vice-president for ADQ Mirabel (Hubert Meilleur's campaign) in the last provincial election.

Campaign Office:

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