This riding is in southern Quebec along the Quebec-U.S. border. The riding contains the Regional County Municipalities of Beauce-Sartigan and Robert-Cliche and part of Les Etchemins, La Nouvelle-Beauce and Le Granit. The municipalities of Ste-Aurélie, St-Benjamin, St-Prosper and St-Zacharie, St-Ludger and St-Robert-Bellarmin are in the riding.
About 60 per cent of the population live in rural areas. Manufacturing is the major industry, followed by the service sector and agriculture.
According to the 2001 census, 97 per cent have French as a mother tongue,
the fifth-highest in Quebec. Only 0.5 per cent of the population
have English as a mother tongue. The immigrant population is a minuscule
0.71 per cent. Almost 16 per cent of the population have less than Grade
9 education. The average family income is $52,611 and unemployment is five
In 2004, a small area was added from Frontenac-Mégantic.
The riding was established in 1867. The 1996 redistribution kept
97.6 per cent of the riding.
In 2004, Liberal Claude Drouin defeated Bloc Québécois candidate
Jean-François Barbe by 2,424 votes to win a third term.
From 2002-2003, he was secretary of state for the Economic Development
Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec.
This riding voted Liberal from 1887 to 1945. In the 1950s and 1960s, there
was support for Social Credit and its 1963 offshoot, the Ralliement
Liberal Yves Caron was elected in 1972 and 1974, but was defeated
in 1979. Social Credit's Fabien Roy won in 1979, but was defeated
in 1980. Liberal Normand Lapointe was elected for a single term
Then the riding voted Conservative, for the first time since a byelection in 1884, electing PC Gilles Bernier in 1984 and 1988. Bernier faced fraud and breach of trust charges and Prime Minister Kim Campbell said she would not authorize him as 1993 PC candidate. He ran as an Independent in 1993, but didn't run in 1997.
1867, 1872, 1874 - LIB
1876 byelection to 1884 byelection inclusive - CONS
1887-1945 inclusive - LIB
1949, 1953, 1957 - IND
1958 - LIB
1962, 1963 - SC
1965 - LIB
1968 - R des C
1972, 1974 - LIB
1979 - SC
1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993 - IND
1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB
Party: Bloc Québécois
Education: DEP in Automobile Mechanics. Professional specialization diploma - Business Start-up.
Career Background: Executive producer of the Bouchard en parle morning show. Sports reporter and researcher for the program "Libert� d'opinion" on FM 93.3 (2005). News director and morning show host, CHEQ-FM (2000-2005). Freelance journalist for FM 93.3 (1999). News director for CJVL-AM (1987-1999). Director of sports news for CJVL-AM (1984-1987). Music show host for CJVL-AM (1978-1984). Operated a travel agency (1984-1985). Building mechanical technician (1977).
Community Activities: Member on board of directors for the Fondation ma vie, mes passions (2004-present). Chair of the Conseil d'orientation, L'�veil primary school (1993-1995). Member on board of directors for the Fondation Le Cr�puscule (1995-1998).
13 175, boul. Lacroix
Saint-Georges, QU G5Y 1N3
391, boul. Vachon Nord
Sainte-Marie, QU G6E 1L8
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Career background: Worked for financial and banking institutions and was consultant on legislative issues on their behalf. He has expertise in business, economic and constitutional matters. He was a member of the board of the Institut économique de Montréal. Most recently, he was vice-president for corporate affairs and communications for Standard Life Canada.
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Frampton, Que.
Profession: Forest producer
Community Activities: Member of the Association Qu�b�coise de Lutte contre la Pollution Atmosph�rique, a group fighting air pollution.
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: He completed his education in sociology (MA), as well as in economics and business management (PhD).
Career Background: He was a professor and administrator at Laval University's Faculty of Business Administration for more than 35 years. Among other things, he was the Director of the Department of Management, the Director of MBA programs and of the Diploma program in Administration, in addition to being the Dean of the Faculty. He has also served as Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Business Schools.
Community Activities: He is a member of the Council of Mayors from the Asbestos RCM, a member of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities Standing Committee, a member of the Appalaches University Centre Board of Directors, and of the Chaudi�re-Appalaches University Services Foundation; he was recently elected a member of the Appalaches School Board.
Municipal: Mayor of Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce for seven years.
11,400, 1st avenue, Bureau 111
Ville de Saint-Georges, QU
Party: New Democratic Party