This riding in southern Quebec has the United States at its southern
border and the St. Lawrence River along the west side. It contains
the regional county municipalities of Beauharnois-Salaberry, Les
Jardins-de-Napierville and Le Haut-St-Laurent, including part of
the Akwesasne Indian Reserve No. 15 in Quebec in the southwest corner
of the riding.
The major population areas include Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Beauharnois, Huntingdon, Maple Grove and Napierville.
Manufacturing is the major industry, followed by retail trade and other services. The average family income is $54,321 and there is an unemployment rate of 6.6 per cent.
More than nine per cent of the population cited English as their mother
tongue, while almost 87 per cent cited French. The total immigrant
population is under three per cent. More than 15 per cent of
the population have less than a Grade 9 education.
In 2004, a portion of Châteauguay riding has been added in the east. This riding existed as Beauharnois in the 1949 election and became Beauharnois-Salaberry in 1952. It was Beauharnois again in the 1968 election and was re-established as Beauharnois-Salaberry in 1972. In 1996, small parts of St-Jean and Châteauguay ridings were added.
In 2004, Alain Boire of the Bloc Québécois defeated Liberal
incumbent Serge Marcil by 8,482 votes.
Marcil had been elected in 2000, when he defeated BQ incumbent Daniel Turp
by 2,896 votes. Turp was also a single-term MP.
Liberal Robert Cauchon won in 1953 and 1957, before being defeated by PC Gerard Bruchesi in 1958. Liberal Gerald Laniel won in Beauharnois-Salaberry in 1962 and served seven terms as MP. He was named deputy speaker in 1974. In 1984, the riding swung toward the Conservatives, electing PC Jean-Guy Hudon for two terms. Hudon didn't run in 1993. The BQ's Laurent Lavigne won that election, defeating Liberal Linda Julien.
1953, 1957 - LIB
1958 - PC
1962-80 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997 - BQ
2000 - LIB
2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Graduated from the prestigious Institut d'études politiques de Rennes (France) and is completing a bachelor's
degree at the University of Ottawa.
Career background: Has worked as a development officer for the Fondation du Centre hospitalier du Suro�t and has also worked in
provincial politics. Canadian hand-cycle champion in 2001
35, rue Perreault
Party: Green Party of Canada
Marital Status: Married
Children: One daughter
Career Background: Computer programmer and entrepreneur
Community Activities: In the '90s he was a member and chair of a local environment group that conceived, designed and built an
award-winning recycling depot for the community of Hemmingford. Former board member of Bird Protection Quebec and has worked with
Nature Conservancy Canada on several projects across Quebec. Referee-in-chief of soccer in Hemmingford and has sat on the governing
board of É St-Romain. He is a parliamentary coordinator for Amnesty International, Canada and volunteers for the Canadian Human
Rights Foundation. Spent two months in Rwanda in 2002 as a volunteer designing computer programs and traiing local programmers
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Year of birth: 1943
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Marital status: Married
Career background: Is a civil engineer. He worked most of his life in the construction industry in Saudi Arabia. Since first founding his own company, which makes concrete prefabricated homes, he has developed a new technique of construction that was used to successfully build over 175 large villas over an 11-month period. He is now working to develop a new construction technique for homes that can withstand Canadian weather, as well as environmentally friendly, low-cost housing designed for underprivileged countries. He is in the process of opening a new plant in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que., to apply these new construction innovations.
Party: He has been a member of the Liberal Party of Canada since 1985 and has been very active within the party ever since.
Party: New Democratic Party
Beauharnois-Salaberry NDP Association
C/O NDP Qu�bec
St-Laurent, Montr�al, Que.
(514) 590-0036 or 1-800-843-8598