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DISTRICT: Brossard-La Prairie
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Marcel LussierBQ2143337.17% X
Jacques SaadaLIB2019035.01%
Tenzin D. KhangsarCON974916.91%
Robert NicolasNDP43017.46%
François DesgroseilliersGRN18833.27%
Normand ChouinardML1100.19%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 249 of 249 polls reporting


045 Brossard-La Prairie

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Marcel Lussier
CON:Tenzin Dargyal Khangsar
GRN:François Desgroseilliers
LIB:Jacques Saada (Incumbent)
MLPNormand Chouinard
NDP:Robert Nicolas


 Riding Map
This riding is in the southeast of Montreal on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River. The riding contains the former city of Brossard in the north, the cities of Candiac and La Prairie and the municipality of St-Philippe.

The primary employment sectors are manufacturing and retail trade, followed by other services. The average family income is $75,190 and the unemployment rate is 5.8 per cent.

There is a significant non-francophone population and according to the 2001 census, only 66 per cent have French as their mother tongue. The total immigrant population is more than 20 per cent and almost six per cent cited Chinese as their ethnic origin. Almost 17 per cent have a university degree.

There was no change to Brossard-La Prairie in the 2004 redistribution. The riding of La Prairie was created in the 1966 redistribution from Chateauguay-Huntingdon-Laprairie, Longueil and Beauharnois-Salaberry. In 1996 boundaries were redrawn, part of Chateauguay was added and the riding was renamed Brossard-La Prairie.

Population: 100,489

Political History
In 2004, Liberal Jacques Saada defeated the Bloc Québécois's Marcel Lussier to win a third term in Brossard-La Prairie. He was appointed minister responsible for the Francophonie and minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec in 2004. Saada ran in La Prairie in 1993 and lost by 476 votes to the BQ's Richard Belisle.

In 1968, Liberal Ian Watson, who was elected in Chateauguay-Huntingdon-Laprairie in 1963 and 1965, ran here and won. He was re-elected for another two terms and then ran in Chateauguay riding. Liberal Pierre Deniger won in 1979 and 1980, but was defeated in the following two elections by Conservative Fernand Jourdenais.

La Prairie:
1968-80 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993 - BQ

Brossard-La Prairie:
1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB


Marcel Lussier

Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: June 30, 1944
Age: 61
Birthplace: St-Damase, Qu�.

Education: M.Sc. (health engineering) from École Polytechnique in 1968. Bachelor in applied science (civil engineering) from the University of Sherbrooke in 1970

Career Background: Environmental engineering specialist, retired from Hydro-Québec, where he worked for 22 years. Worked as a consultant, Barrette et associés from 1974 to 1984. Worked as an engineer at SEJB et Lavalin from 1972 to 1974. Professor at ITA Saint-Hyacinthe, from 1970 to 1972

Community Activities: President of the section Doris-Lussier of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal from 2002 to 2004. Held a number of positions for Club Optimiste de LaPrairie between 1982 and 1997

Political History
Party: Member of the PQ for the last 29 years and member of the BQ since its inception. Director of the Yes Committee for La Prairie during the 1980 referendum. Vice-president of the executive of LaPini�re Parti Québécois (2004)
Federal: Defeated in La Piniére in 2003

Tenzin Dargyal Khangsar

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Education: Graduate of McGill School of Management with a double major in Finance and International Business

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Kang Hee Lee

Career Background: National Coordinator of the Canada Tibet Committee, a non-profit membership-based advocacy group of Tibetans and Canadians working towards the non-violent resolution of the issue of Tibet. Main co-ordinator of the recent visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Ottawa last April, which included a historic first meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada. Businessperson with a background in television, telecommunications and software. Co-founder of Invidex, a software technology firm serving the television industry. Founded in 1999, today the company has more than fifty employees and has raised about $10 M from investors; counts many of world's top broadcasters as clients. He has extensive business experience and contacts in Asia as a result of his sales leadership for a public Canadian video technology from 1997 to 1999. Prior to his career in sales, he was a sports broadcaster-journalist for CBC-TV Montreal and produced two documentaries on Tibet for RDI and Musique Plus.

Campaign Office:
(514) 235.-0205

François Desgroseilliers

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Age: 49

Education: Master's degree in pastoral education and a bachelor's degree in theology

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Clairette Garant
Children: Two - Emmanuelle and Olivier

Career Background: A workshop leader at secondary schools

Community Activities: In 1988 and 1989 he spearheaded recycling initiatives in Brossard secondary schools and was a member of the city's recycling program implementation committee. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Environment-Jeunesse and of the Foundation Blondin-Beaulieu, which helps children in disadvantaged communities.

Riding Address:
4050, Malo
Brossard, Quebec
J4Y 1X1
(450) 678-9519

Jacques Saada

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: Nov. 22, 1947
Age: 58
Birthplace: Tunisia

Education: Diploma in translation from McGill; Teacher's certificate. BA in applied linguistics from the University of Quebec in Montreal

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Nicole Brill
Children: Four - Jessica, Jérémie, Jordana and Jacob

Career Background: Before his election to the House of Commons, he was a teacher and school trustee in Quebec and France, a lecturer in linguistics at Concordia University, a consultant to the Canadian International Development Agency, and an adviser to the minister of fisheries. CEO of B and B Translation (1978-93). President of the translation and consultancy firm Polytrad Ltée (1977-97).

Political History
Party: President of the Quebec wing of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1991 to 1993; director-general of LPC(Q), 1992
Municipal: Chair of St. Lawrence Protestant School Board from 1987 to 1990
Federal: Defeated in La Prairie in 1993; won in Brossard-La Prairie in 1997, 2000 and 2004

Political History
Parliamentary Secretary:: Worked for the Solicitor-General from 1998 to 2000
Committee: Former vice-chair of Procedure and House Affairs. Former member of Board of Internal Economy; Canadian Heritage; Citizenship and Immigration; Justice and Human Rights; sub-committee on Corrections and Conditional Release Act; sub-committee on Organized Crime; special committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs; joint committee on Scrutiny of Regulations; joint committee on the Library of Parliament. Former member of cabinet committees on priorities and planning, and operations. Member, cabinet committee on Global Affairs
Cabinet: Minister responsible for democratic reform; Leader of the government in the House of Commons (from Dec. 12, 2003)
Caucus: Deputy government whip from 2001 to 2003

Riding Address:
115B - 7400 Taschereau Blvd.
Brossard, Que.
(450) 466-6872

Campaign Office:

Ottawa Address:
Room 483 Confed Bldg
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 995-9287

Normand Chouinard

Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Robert Nicolas

Party: New Democratic Party

Age: 40

Marital Status: Married
Children: Three

Career Background: Works in computers and information technology. Member of the board of directors of a program providing resources to Canadian families. Sports enthusiast, involved in pre-school activities in Brossard. Involved in politics, both at the municipal and school level

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Brossard-La Prairie in 2004 as a Conservative.

Campaign Office:

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