This riding is located across from Trois-Rivières on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. It contains the regional county municipalities of Nicolet-Yamaska, Le Bas-Richelieu and Bécancour. The Odanak Indian Reserve No. 12 and Wôlinak Indian Reserve No. 11 fall in the riding. The major centres include Sorel-Tracy, Bécancour and Nicolet.
This riding is mostly urban but contains several farming communities. Manufacturing is the main industry in this riding, followed by other services. The average family income is $51,590 and the unemployment rate is eight per cent.
This is a largely francophone riding, and almost 96 per cent of the population lists French as their mother tongue, while less than one per cent of the population is English. The total immigrant population is 1.6 per cent. Almost 15 per cent of the population have less than a Grade 9 education.
In the redistribution of 2004, 11 per cent of Lotbinière-L'Érable
was added in the east and the riding renamed Richelieu. The riding of
Richelieu was established in 1867, but abolished in 1933. The riding of
Richelieu-Verchères was created in 1933 and abolished in 1966.
This riding was recreated in 1966 from Richelieu-Verchères and
Nicolet-Yamaska. In 1996, small parts of Drummond, Verchères and
Lotbinière were added. The riding name changed from Richelieu to
Bas-Richelieu-Nicolet-Bécancour in 1998.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois MP Louis Plamondon captured 65 per
cent of the votes. Plamondon was first elected in 1984 as a Progressive
Conservative, the first PC to win since 1891. In 1988, after Meech Lake
failed, Plamondon resigned from the PC caucus and was a founding member
of the Bloc Québécois. Plamondon was charged in April 1993
with attempting to hire a prostitute. He pleaded guilty in 1994 and received
an absolute discharge. In 1993 and 1997, he won for the BQ.
Liberal Florian Côté won from 1968 to 1974 and was followed by Liberal Jean-Louis Leduc in 1979 and 1980.
1896-1980 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth date: July 31, 1943
Education: Holds a B.Ed. from Laval University (1964-68). Holds a B.A.An. from the University of Montreal. Holds a teaching certificate from �cole normale Maurice L. Duplessis
Marital status: Divorced
Children: Lucie and Catherine.
Career background: Worked as a math techer in Sorel, Que., from 1969 to 1984. Co-owner of Restaurant Tracy since 1974. Co-owner of Chenal-du-Moine (Theatre) since 1984
Community activities: Member of the board of directors of Caisse populaire Riviére de Tracy from 1968 to 1970. From 1982 to 1984, he worked for the Corporation de développement économique de la région Sorel-Tracy. From 1980 to 1982, he worked for the Hôpital H�tel-Dieu de Sorel. Was a member of: Comité consultatif régional sur les relations patronales syndicales du gouvernement du Québec from 1983 to 1984; Comité de liaison éducation-industrie pour la région de Sorel-Tracy; steering committee and head of reception, protocol and publicity, Jeux régionaux pour handicap�s in 1982. Founding president of the Centre communautaire Notre-Dame (1981-84). Secretary, Comité du Port de Sorel (1981-82). President, Sorel-Tracy Chamber of Commerce (1981-83). Honorary president of various special events (1984-93)
Federal: Richelieu: won as PC in 1984,1988. Left PCs June 26, 1990, founding member of BQ. Won as BQ in Richelieu in 1993, 1997. Won in Bas-Richelieu-Nicolet-Bécancour in 2000
Committee: Former member: Environment; Communications and Culture; Canadian Heritage; Procedure and House Affairs; Finance, joint committee on official languages; National Defence and Veterans Affairs; subcommittee on veterans affairs; Agriculture and Agri-Food; special joint committee on the amendment to Term 17 of the Terms of Union of Newfoundland; joint committee on the Library of Parliament. Member: Agriculture & Agri-Food; National Defence and Veterans' Affairs; joint committee on the Library of Parliament
Caucus: Former critic for: Communications, Environment, Forests, Fisheries and Oceans, Secretary of State, Library of Parliament; Official Languages, Francophones Outside Quebec; Veterans' Affairs. Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food
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House of Commons
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Studying philosophy at the Universit� du Qu�bec � Trois-Rivi�res
Career Background: Worked at a centre for drug addicts.
Community Activities: She was a member of the Board of Directors of Travail de rue communautaire de Louiseville and was involved in a summer youth cooperative program.
Party: Green Party of Canada
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth date: May 19, 1958
Birthplace: Saint-Sylv�re, Que.
Education: Holds a certificate in administration from the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivi�res and is also certified by the Financial Services Bureau in the area of financial planning
Children: Veronique and Kevin.
Career background: For more than 25 years, she has operated the Ferme Probec, a dairy and grain company. Her son works as her assistant and is preparing to take over the company. She is president and owner of the Groupe Labont� Provencher specializing in damage insurance, and Le Groupe Provencher, specializing in insurance for individuals and investments. Her daughter works alongside her in this field.
Community activities: She was president of the board of the Caisse populaire de Saint-Sylv�re from 1991 to 1996, and was founding president of the Saint-Sylv�re Optimist Club from 1987 to 1990
Party: Former member of the Bloc Québécois
Federal: Defeated in Richelieu in 2004.
Party: New Democratic Party