This riding lies on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River across from Montreal. It is a mixed urban and rural riding and the majority of residents live in Châteauguay. The riding includes St-Constant, Léry, Ste-Catherine, Delson and the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake.
Primary employment sectors are manufacturing and retail trade. The average family income is $62,073 with an unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, almost 14 per cent of the population lists English as their mother tongue. The total immigrant population is almost five per cent.
In the redistribution of 2004, Châteauguay-St-Constant was created from 90 per cent of Châteauguay riding, with a southern portion moving into Beauharnois-Salaberry riding. A riding called Châteauguay was created in 1867, but was abolished in 1914. In 1976, Châteauguay was re-established from 74 per cent of Laprairie, 21 per cent of St-Jean and four per cent of Beauharnois-Salaberry. In 1996, the riding added another portion of Beauharnois-Salaberry.
Bloc Québécois candidate Denise Poirier-Rivard won her first
term in 2004, easily keeping the seat for her party. In
2000, Robert Lanctôt
defeated Liberal Carole Marcil by 3,312 votes in Châteauguay riding.
and its successor, Châteauguay, voted Liberal from 1949 to 1974 inclusive,
except for a Progressive Conservative win in 1958. In 1979, Liberal Ian
Watson, who was elected in LaPrairie from 1963-1974, ran and won here.
He was re-elected in 1980 and defeated in 1984. PC Ricardo Lopez won
in 1984 and 1988. In 1993, he lost to BQ Maurice Godin, who served two
1979, 1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Year of Birth: 1947
Birthplace: St. Isidore
Education: B.Ed. (with a major in teaching of high school biology), Université de Montréal; specialized
bachelor's degree in remedial education, several certificates
Marital Status: Married
Career Background: Retired teacher. Worked as a remedial teacher with the C.S.D.M. Elementary school/high school
teacher since 1969. Has filled various teaching related positions, including being in charge of remedial teaching,
supervision and student life. Former school principal. Involved in all facets of school life, including school committees and
Federal: Defeated in Châteauguay-Saint-Constant in 2004
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Education: Studying at university for an Anthropology major and a History minor
Career Background: Worked for 16 years in the retail business
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: Student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Quebec at Montreal
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Céline Shakesby
Children: Two - Michael and Christiane
Career Background: Businessman in Châteauguay. In 1996, he founded Les Emballages Châteauguay Inc., which he
still runs. Company's clients are among Quebec's and Canada's major retailers. Member of many charitable, social and recreational
agencies in Châteauguay, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, including the Châteauguay Minor Soccer Association, the Forum du
Cèdre, the Maronite Council of Canada, the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations, the Lebanese Syrian Canadian Association,
and the Châteauguay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Former board member for all these agencies, and has held a variety of
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth Date: 1981
Education: Studied at Dawson College