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.
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
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
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth date: Nov. 7, 1957
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
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)
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.
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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.
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birth date: Oct. 9, 1961
Education: Holds a BA in political science from the University of Quebec at Montreal
Career background: Independent operator in distribution of animal feed: Nutrizoo
Provincial: Defeated in Argenteuil in 2003
Federal: Defeated in Argenteuil-Mirabel in 2004
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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 Locathèque 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)
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
Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Education: CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal
Profession: Electronic technician specialized in telecommunications
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Nancy Blanchette
Career Background: Has worked at Hydro-Québec 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.
Provincial: Vice-president for ADQ Mirabel (Hubert Meilleur's campaign) in the last provincial election.